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.

Symptoms include:

  • Momentary (or sometimes long-term) loss of consciousness
  • Memory loss (often forgetting the event that caused the concussion)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness, with loss of balance and coordination
  • Confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue

Other brain dysfunctions caused by repeated concussions can be delayed and show up years later, such as:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • 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.

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