Concussion Identification

physical therapy for concussion, whiplash injuries, headaches and concussion

Signs and symptoms of a concussion vary widely among patients.  Sometimes, symptoms may not show up for up to 72 hours (3 days!) after the injury.  Patients sometimes can be confused by these delayed symptoms: “I think I got the flu a few days after the game.”  Although it is possible the patient came down with the flu, it is more likely a delayed concussion!

If you see an athlete take a hit or a person have a big fall just remember “When in doubt, sit them out!”

Common Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

1. Physical:

  • Headache and / or dizziness (the two most common symptoms! >70%)
  • Visual problems / changes
  • Nausea and / or vomiting
  • Light and / or noise sensitivity
  • Balance problems
  • Numbness / tingling
  • Fatigue

2. Thinking / Mental:

  • Feeling mentally foggy
  • Problems with focus / concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Slowed thinking speed

3. Emotional:

  • Irritability / mood changes
  • Sadness
  • Feeling more emotionally reactive or sensitive
  • Nervous or anxious

4. Sleep:

  • Drowsiness
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep