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Lutheran Medical Center

Concussions

A concussion can happen during sports or because of an accident or fall. It is the most common type of brain injury and should be taken seriously.

Our team of concussion specialists can answer your questions and help you understand how to recover from a concussion.

Concussion symptoms

A blow or a jolt to the head or body can cause a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion may last less than a day or for months. Signs of a concussion include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Trouble thinking normally
  • Vision problems
  • Vomiting or nausea

Seek emergency medical care if any of these symptoms occur: loss of consciousness, slurred speech, repeated vomiting, decreased coordination or seizures.

Concussion diagnosis and recovery

One of our doctors will assess your condition with a physical examination. You also may need a CT scan or EEG test to determine the extent of the brain injury. The time it takes to recover from a concussion can vary from weeks to months. We will answer all of your questions through each step of the process.

When to return to play

When it comes to concussions, use caution. Many athletes never lose consciousness from concussions, but still incur brain damage. The biggest danger is when athletes return to a sport before they fully recover from a concussion. If they experience another blow to the head, it could result in brain swelling, brain damage and even death. Our concussion specialists will help you determine when it’s safe to return to play.

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