Concussions are a more common injury than one might suppose. In recent years our culture has come a long way from the days when athletes were taught to “shake off” head injuries. But many people still don’t know how to recognize a concussion when it happens. Whether at work, on the field, or on the court, knowing the signs of a concussion can be crucially important for minimizing its long-term effects.

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. Although concussions typically are caused by a blow to the head, they can result from other sudden movements that shake the head.

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Marcus Heisner, ATC at CORE Physical Therapy, who works with athletes on a regular basis, says to look out for these signs and symptoms.

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Appearing to be confused or stunned

  • Headache

  • Confusion

  • Dizziness or loss of balance

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Speech difficulties

  • Unusual tiredness or fatigue

  • Loss of memory about the cause of the injury

  • Difficulty with concentration

  • Personality changes, especially increased irritability

  • Sensitivity to bright light or loud noises

  • Depression

Marcus, an athlete and professional in this area, was recently diagnosed with a concussion himself. He was fortunate in that he was able to understand some of the symptoms he was having and sought immediate treatment. If you or anyone you know may suffer from any of the above-stated signs or symptoms, plays sports or may have recently had some type of violent movement that caused the brain to slam against the skull, please encourage them to seek medical attention. At CORE Physical Therapy, we can assist with providing you instruction on proper diagnosing, treatment and follow up.

At CORE Physical Therapy we are often able to improve a patient’s balance, stabilize vision, and address other lingering effects of a concussion. Our experienced team understands the challenges people face as they recover from a concussion. If you or anyone you know may have suffered a concussion, call us today at 714 870-8478 to schedule a consultation.

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