Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Here's What You Need To Know About Concussions

by Hugh Larson

A concussion results from a blow to the head. It can cause a variety of symptoms, including headache, dizziness, confusion, and problems with memory. A concussion can also lead to more serious problems, such as bleeding in the brain or even death. 

If you think you or someone else may have a concussion, it's important to seek medical attention right away. Concussions can be difficult to manage without medical care. If you or somebody close to you has suffered from a concussion, these are some of the things you need to know.

How Do You Know If You Have a Concussion?

A concussion can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can vary from person to person. And, in some cases, the symptoms may not appear until days or weeks after the injury.

Physical symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and sensitivity to light or noise. You may struggle to fall or stay asleep.

Mental symptoms may include problems with memory, concentration, and decision-making. You might also feel anxious or irritable.

What Should You Do If You Have a Concussion?

Immediately after the injury, you should do everything you can to protect the person's head and neck. This includes not moving them unless it's absolutely necessary. Once the person is in a safe environment, have them sit or lie down and rest. Ice can help reduce swelling and medication can help with headaches.

If you think you may have a concussion, it's important to see a doctor right away. The sooner a concussion is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.

When Is a Concussion an Emergency?

A concussion is a serious injury and can be life-threatening. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room:

  • A worsening headache

  • Ongoing nausea or vomiting

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Difficulty walking

What Kinds of Treatments Are Available for Concussions?

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for concussions. The best way to treat a concussion is to rest and give your brain time to heal.

You may need to take a break from work, school, or other activities. You may need to sleep more than usual and avoid watching television or using a computer. Your doctor may also recommend that you see a specialist, such as a neurologist, to help manage your symptoms.

Regardless of what kind of treatment you think you need, visiting urgent care may be your best option at this time. Visit or call a local urgent care, such as Western WI Health, to learn more.


About Me

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

I have worked in a supportive role in the medical industry for over 20 years, and I have been amazed at the advances in medicine that have been made. While it is always great to hear about a new medication that helps cure a disease or a new surgical procedure that can help someone live a normal life again after an injury, I have been especially amazed at the research that has shown just how much our physical and mental health are connected. Since I keep on top of all of the amazing medical studies being performed and I know others are too busy to hunt them down themselves, I decided to start a blog to share my favorite health tips for keeping both your mind and body healthy.