Concussion

Monday, May 02, 2011

A concussion is a brain injury that may result in a bad headache, altered levels of alertness or unconsciousness. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about concussions in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A concussion is an injury to the brain. Its usually caused by a blow to the head. Most of the time it doesnt involve a loss of consciousness.

Signs of a concussion include:

Headache

Dizziness

Confusion

Ringing ears

Nausea

Vision disturbance

Loss of balance

Memory loss or

Difficulty concentrating

The treatment for concussion is rest. If you have a headache, you can usually take acetaminophen. Always ask your doctor before you take any medicine if youve had a concussion.

You should never return to physical activity while you have any signs of concussion, like headache or dizziness. After a severe concussion, you may not be able to return for a month. If this wasnt your first concussion, your return may take even longer.

Most people get better after a concussion without any permanent damage. People have signs of concussion for weeks to months. Repeated concussions could cause permanent damage.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.