What are the signs that I have suffered a concussion?

A concussion is a ‘minor traumatic brain injury’. You don’t have to lose consciousness to suffer a concussion. A concussion can occur as a result of an impact to your head (e.g. hitting the headrest on your car seat) or simply having your head go forwards and backwards quickly (e.g. a ‘whiplash’ type of motion as in a rear-end collision). Concussions are not usually life-threatening but can result in long-term headaches, vertigo or dizziness.

The symptoms of having suffered a concussion may include one or more of the following:

    1. Dizziness
    2. Confusion
    3. Headache
    4. Memory problems
    5. Drowsiness or feelings of sluggishness
    6. Blurred vision
    7. Nausea or vomiting
    8. Sensitivity to light
    9. Sensitivity to noise
    10. Problems with balance
    11. Slowed reaction times
    12. Change in personality

Typically the symptoms begin immediately or within 24 hours of the collision. HOWEVER, they may not develop for days or even weeks after the collision. If you are suffering from one or more of these symptoms, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY. The most important thing you can do, is describe your symptoms in as much DETAIL as possible for your doctor. Explain how your symptoms are affecting your normal every day activities.

If your symptoms persist, ask your doctor to refer you to a neurologist.