A concussion is a brain injury. It may be caused by a sudden blow to the head or by a sudden movement that causes the brain to shake within the skull, which can cause bruising, injure nerves and damage blood vessels.
Actions that increase the risk for a concussion include:
Concussions are usually not life-threatening, but they can cause serious symptoms that need medical treatment. These symptoms usually appear soon after the injury. Some symptoms may not show up for hours or days.
Signs of a concussion may include:
Concussions are difficult to prevent since they are unexpected. You can take precautions to reduce the risk of brain injury while being active outdoors and at home.
Your doctor may also recommend that you:
Medical experts also recommend close follow-up with your doctor if symptoms worsen or fail to improve.
Patient First treats many conditions at our urgent care centers including concussions. You can visit any Patient First center from 8am to 8pm, any day of the week – no appointment is needed
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