August Q&A: Concussions Part 2

August 03, 2016

Every 15 seconds, someone in America has a concussion, and 1.5 million people live with traumatic brain injury every day. This month, experts from the Rochester Regional Health Concussion Program will answer questions about concussions and why seeking treatment is so important.

Question #2: What are symptoms of a concussion?

Answer: Common symptoms of a concussion can begin immediately, or after a few days. A formal diagnosis requires a thorough evaluation by a qualified doctor and a complete physical exam.

Some symptoms a concussed person may report include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Unusual sensitivity to light or noise
  • Vision changes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • “Feeling in a fog”
  • Neck Pain

Signs that may be apparent to others include:

  • Balance problems
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Personality changes
  • Sudden memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Increased irritability or vomiting
  • Repeating the same words or phrases

If you observe any of the following, the person with a concussion needs to be taken to a hospital immediately for emergency evaluation:

  • The person becomes unconscious or non-responsive for more than 30 seconds
  • You are concerned a more significant head injury occurred
  • You notice any of the following:
  • Seizure activity
  • Slurred speech
  • Significant drowsiness
  • Progressively worsening headache
  • Weakness, numbness or tingling in arms or legs
  • Continuous vomiting

DayDanielOn Thursday, August 18, Rochester Regional Health experts will join former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly prior to the Rochester Red Wings game at 7:05 for a discussion on concussions as Rochester Regional Health launches the region’s first concussion program designed for everyone. Learn more about Rochester Regional Health’s Concussion Program here.