Do You Have a Concussion?
A concussion refers to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that happens when there is a quick and powerful blow or jolt to the head, resulting in the brain moving rapidly within the skull. Yet, a concussion can even occur without direct impact to the head, as the forceful movement of the head and neck alone can be enough to cause a concussion. Concussions are common in sports injuries (like football), car accidents, and falls.
Though concussions are typically diagnosed through a combination of medical history assessment, physical examination, neurological evaluation, and sometimes imaging studies, there are ways to test for the injury yourself. Take a look!
Are You Concussed?
Athletes can immediately access doctors and trainers to assess if they have a concussion, but the everyday person doesn’t have the same resources. As such, what happens when you stumble and hit your head at home? How can you tell if you or anyone else in the house has a concussion?
To start, consider the following:
- Loss of Consciousness
- Assess Memory and Concentration
- Monitor Headache and Dizziness
- Evaluate Nausea and Vomiting
- Assess Balance and Coordination
- Observe Sensitivity to Light and Noise
- Check for Visual Disturbances
- Examine Speech and Language
- Assess Changes in Behavior
- Eye Pain and/or Eye Fatigue
- Changes in Sleep Patterns
- Neck Pain or Stiffness
- Impaired Depth Perception
Any of the symptoms listed above could be cause for concern. Therefore, it’s highly recommended you seek professional medical attention if or when the noted ailments are present. In short, however, anytime you feel “off,” think about stopping by Victoria ER.
Further, if you suspect a concussion, getting medical attention is crucial, as prompt evaluation and appropriate management are essential for recovery and preventing potential complications.
Testing for a Concussion
At Victoria ER, we employ various methods to test for a concussion, such as the:
A thorough physical examination is performed to assess general physical health, balance, coordination, reflexes, muscle strength, vision, hearing, and other neurological functions. This examination may include an evaluation of motor skills, coordination, and reflexes.
Various cognitive tests may be conducted to evaluate memory, concentration, attention, and problem-solving skills. Generally, cognitive tests include the SCAT (Sport Concussion Assessment Tool) and the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing).
A comprehensive neurological examination may be conducted to assess brain function, including vision, hearing, coordination, balance, and reflexes. This examination helps identify any abnormalities in neurological function associated with a concussion.
Balance assessments, such as the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS), may be used to evaluate balance and postural stability, as concussions can affect a person’s ability to maintain balance.
In some cases, imaging studies like CT scans may be ordered to rule out more severe head injuries, bleeding in the brain, or structural abnormalities. CT scans are particularly useful in identifying acute bleeding or fractures.
When in Need, Visit Victoria ER
For fast, high-quality care, visit Victoria ER. You can rely on us 24/7! Better yet, you never have to worry about waiting or scheduling an appointment.
Don’t risk your health. If you or someone you know may have suffered a concussion, let our skilled and friendly staff offer assistance.