What to Do When You Think You Have a Concussion

It’s spring, which means the temperatures are warming up and people beginning to resume their outdoor activities. While it’s always great to go out and stay active, it’s still important to beware of any unexpected injuries that can occur if you’re not careful. When you experience any incident that involves a blow to the head, you may be suffering from a concussion. This may be especially common in contact sports or activities that tend to involve the upper body. No matter the severity of your injury, it is imperative that you visit a doctor to have it examined and assessed, so that you are monitored by medical professionals every step of the way of your recovery. Your phyisician is the only person who can make a judgement on your brain’s health. Never assume that you’re fine when you’ve taken a knock to the head!

There are a number of signs if you are suffering from a concussion. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Headaches
  2. Nausea
  3. Slurring your words when talking
  4. Forgetting what happened just after the injury
  5. Ringing in your ears

If you have any of these signs, it’s even more crucial to have your condition assessed. Don’t resume any sports or other activities while you are still suffering from the effects of the concussion. No matter if you believe your head injury will heal on its or not, it is essential that you visit a doctor in order to know exactly what your long-term and short-term prognoses are. You may even have a concussion but not even know about it, which makes a visit to the doctor all the more critical in the early stages after an injury. Your head is one of the most important parts of your body, and any damage to it can be costly if left untreated. Once you’ve had a concussion, it’s easier to get another one in the future, which means it’s important to be extra vigilant in future activities.

At Progressive Rehabilitation Medicine we offer a concussion management program, which assists patients from the onset to the very end stages of a concussion. We are certified to assess concussions for patients as well as providing various treatment and rehabilitation options depending on health needs and patient outcomes. Don’t delay and book an appointment with us at the first sign of injury to prevent a bad situation from getting worse.