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Telltale Signs of a Concussion

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Telltale Signs of a Concussion

Identifying Concussion Symptoms

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a hit or jolt to the body or head that causes the brain to jostle back and forth, which can cause the brain to move about in the skull or even twist. Ultimately, this form of injury leads to chemical changes in the brain that can cause damage on a cellular level.

Although concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries, they still need to be taken seriously. In light of Brain Injury Awareness Month, the health experts at Antelope Valley Medical Center are here to share what you should look out for.

Observable Symptoms

When someone around you experiences a head injury, the following symptoms may suggest that they are concussed:

  • Memory issues regarding events surrounding the injury
  • Slow to respond during a conversation
  • Having trouble following simple directions
  • Showing signs of mood and behavioral changes
  • Trouble with balance and coordination
  • Appear confused
  • They have lost consciousness, even briefly

Experienced Symptoms

Some of the most commonly experienced symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Pressure in the skull
  • Feeling hazy or foggy
  • Dizziness and coordination issues
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Losing consciousness, even briefly
  • Trouble remembering events shortly before and after your injury

When to seek Immediate Attention

Although signs and symptoms typically manifest shortly after the initial injury, it can still be difficult to know the extent of your injuries. In the days following a head injury, be sure to monitor your symptoms closely. If they persist or worsen, seek immediate medical attention.

Specialty Care in Lancaster, CA

As the only full-service, acute-care hospital in Antelope Valley, Antelope Valley Medical Center is proud to deliver exceptional medical care to the community we serve. Our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to providing our patients with heartfelt, compassionate care and medical excellence.

Call (661) 949-5000 or visit our dedicated services page for more information about the offerings at AVMC.