Concussion

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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 or a violent shaking of the head and body. 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, but people may have signs of concussion for weeks to months. Repeated concussions could cause permanent damage.

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