Symptoms of Concussion

A concussion is a serious condition that occurs when the brain is jolted or shaken inside the skull. Even one concussion is a serious injury that needs to be treated by a medical professional. For follow-up physical therapy in Wichita, KS, come to Physical Therapy by Phoenix.

How Concussion Can Happen

While the media has played up the incidence of concussion for professional football players, you don’t have to be a football player to get a concussion. This common head injury can happen from any number of accidents, such as:

  • falling off a bicycle
  • falling down stairs
  • being punched
  • being hit in the head with something hard
  • being in a motor vehicle accident
  • and more

If you incur any kind of head injury, the next thing you and your nearest loved one should do is to be alert for the symptoms of concussion, which include:

Headache – The headache may range from mild to severe and doesn’t necessarily happen immediately after the injury.

Confusion/Disorientation—The person may not remember the accident, the day, or even their own name. The confusion or disorientation may not last, but that doesn’t mean the concussion “went away.”

Vomiting/Nausea – Many persons with concussion report feeling nauseous or may vomit shortly after the injury.

Fatigue – Often, persons with concussion have an overwhelming desire to go to sleep. Do NOT let them. The person should be kept awake until medical help can be found.

Light/Noise Sensitivity – Concussion can heighten sensitivity to light and noise, causing discomfort or pain in response to stimuli that are not normally bothersome.

Slurred/Slow Speech – Concussion can impair speech and language function, leading to slurred speech or difficulty finding the right words.

If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion, you may need concussion management in Wichita, KS. Contact us to book an appointment for a consultation so we can formulate a treatment plan.