10 Symptoms and Signs of Concussion

How To Tell If It’s a Concussion?

Concussions are very common. A mild brain trauma occurs every 21 seconds in the U.S.
It can be tricky to diagnose, though, because the symptoms may only appear after days or weeks after the actual injury. Some symptoms may come and go, others might be persistent.
Here are the most frequent signs and symptoms of TBI: [1]

1. Headaches

Everyone has headaches now and then, but if following a head trauma you develop a headache that gradually increases and becomes more and more intense, you are likely to have a concussion. There are different types of pain you may experience with a concussion-related headache, such as sharp pain, stabbing or throbbing sensations, and pressure anywhere in the head. [3]

It may get worse when lying down and better when standing up. It is also commonly aggravated by increased blood flow, so mental or physical activities are likely to cause increased pain. [4]

If you have had a head trauma and experience persistent or intensifying headaches, please see a healthcare specialist.


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