Concussion: Causes and Symptoms
By Winchester Neurological Consultants
May 27, 2022
Tags: Concussion  

How your neurologists in Winchester, VA, can help when you have a concussion

A concussion isn’t just painful. It can also lead to damage to your brain. Your neurologist knows how to treat a concussion, to keep your brain and your mind healthy. The neurologists of Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, provide a wide variety of neurological services, including treatment for a concussion.

A concussion is different from a headache. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury affecting how your brain works. A concussion can be caused by:

  • A bad fall
  • A blow to the head
  • Severe shaking of the head and upper body
  • A sports injury from playing a contact sport

You might have a concussion if you experience:

  • A severe headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion or brain fog
  • Extreme fatigue or dizziness

When you have a concussion, people around you might:

  • Hear you having slurred speech
  • Notice you being unable to answer questions
  • See you have a dazed, confused appearance
  • Notice you being forgetful and asking the same question multiple times

The long-term effects of a concussion might include:

  • Being sensitive to light
  • Being sensitive to noise
  • Personality changes
  • Memory problems
  • Lack of concentration
  • Problems sleeping
  • Depression

You can do a lot to prevent a concussion. Remember to:

  • Always wear protective gear when playing a sport
  • Always wear a helmet if you are biking, riding a motorcycle, skiing, snowboarding, or other risky activity
  • Always wear your seatbelt when you are in a vehicle
  • Make sure your environment is well-lit, with nothing you can trip over
  • Exercise to keep your legs strong and help you maintain your balance

If you or someone you know may have a concussion, you need to visit your neurologist. Using a combination of cognitive and neurological testing, and imaging studies, your neurologist can determine whether you are suffering from a concussion, and provide appropriate treatment.

To find out more about the causes and symptoms of a concussion, call the neurologists of Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, at (540) 667-1828. Call today.