A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by traumatic impact. A concussion can be caused by a single blow to the head, or by a series of smaller impacts from contact sports. The problems caused by a blow to the head are usually only temporary, and most people recover fully.
- Momentary (or sometimes long-term) loss of consciousness
- Memory loss (often forgetting the event that caused the concussion)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dizziness, with loss of balance and coordination
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Delayed response
- Ringing in the ears
Other brain dysfunctions caused by repeated concussions can be delayed and show up years later, such as:
- Increased anger and hostility
- Personality changes
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Trouble sleeping
- Disorders of taste and smell
If you or a family member are experiencing any of these symptoms, or have played years of hard-hitting contact sports, the experts at Complete Brain Center specialize in diagnosing and treating this type of injury.