A form of traumatic brain injury, concussion is caused by either a sudden blow to the head or violent shaking of the head. Emergency departments at Dignity Health Central California use the latest diagnostic equipment and treatments to provide immediate care for all types of head injuries.
If you suspect a severe concussion in Central California, call 9-1-1. For milder symptoms of a concussion, use InQuicker to select your estimated emergency room (ER) arrival time and wait at home until your time to be seen.
The symptoms of a concussion can vary, depending on the type of head injury. They may appear immediately or after several hours or days of the injury, and include:
- Memory problems
- Nausea and vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Light or noise sensitivity
- Personality changes, depression, or irritability
When to Go to the ER for a Concussion
You should call 9-1-1 or seek emergency medical attention if you have:
- Severe headache
- Blurry vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Problems walking or talking
You can find emergency care at these locations:
Concussion Causes & Diagnoses
Any type of blow to the head or body, such as from falls or car accident injuries, may cause the sudden and forceful jarring of the brain inside the skull. A Dignity Health Central California doctor can provide a concussion diagnosis through a physical exam, along with a CT or MRI for more severe symptoms.
Concussion Treatment at Dignity Health Central California
Depending on the severity of the injury and symptoms, initial treatment for a concussion often includes rest from both physical and mental activities — specifically, things that require concentration, such as:
- Watching TV
- Using a smartphone or computer
- Playing video games
Your doctor may also recommend taking time off from work or school, or shortening the time spent at these activities in the event of a concussion. Your doctor will tell you when it will be safe to return to your normal routine.
At Dignity Health Central California, we offer care to see you through any type of injury. To learn more, Find a Doctor today.
Dignity Health Central California provides complete emergency care for concussion in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.