Do You Know the Symptoms of a Concussion?

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By Stephanie Specht on June 8, 2016

Unlike a broken arm, a concussion cannot be seen or felt, so it is important to know the signs and symptoms. If the necessary precautions are not taken, a concussion can result in serious injury to the brain.

A concussion is associated with a variety of symptoms that can occur immediately or hours to days after the injury. The symptoms are classified as physical, cognitive or emotional.

Physical Symptoms

Minutes to Hours: Headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, trouble with balance
Hours to Days: Bothered by noise or light, trouble walking or talking, vision changes

Cognitive Symptoms

Minutes to Hours: Confusion, feeling sleepy
Hours to Days: Problems with memory or paying attention

Emotional Symptoms

Minutes to Hours: Acting cranky, strangely or out of sorts
Hours to Days: Mood or behavior changes, sleep changes

If you think your loved one has a concussion, call your doctor immediately.

Information provided by Carilion Clinic Neurosurgery