Do I have a concussion?

First, it’s essential to understand how one sustain’s a concussion. Concussions occur due to a traumatic event to the head. Examples of a traumatic event could be a forceful blow to the head, which may occur in contact sports, or a violent shaking of the head, which can occur in motor vehicle accidents. This traumatic event causes mild damage to the brain. If you’re concerned that you may have experienced a concussion, it’s best to ask an expert, but these are the symptoms to look for:

  • Significant Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Ringing In The Ears (Tinnitus)
  • Blurred Vision or “Seeing Stars
  • Difficulty Concentrating or Answering Questions
  • Sensitivity To Light and Noise

Be mindful of these symptoms

It’s important to note that while symptoms generally arise relatively quickly, this is not always the case. Be mindful of any of the above symptoms showing up within a couple of days to weeks following a traumatic event to the head. Other, more severe symptoms (i.e., seizures, behavior changes, losses of consciousness, and coordination difficulties) may be indicative of separate pathology and warrant urgent medical evaluation. If you believe you may have sustained a concussion, please talk with your doctor. Although there is not a specific cure for concussions at this time, there are certainly methods to alleviate symptoms — and physical therapy can play a role in the rehabilitation process!

Austin Burlage, DPT graduated from Concordia University – Wisconsin, with honors in 2018. He gained experience through a diverse background of clinical experiences particularly involving treatment of the shoulder and knee. He is especially passionate regarding the treatment of vestibular disorders resulting from concussions or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).