A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, and it makes the brain more vulnerable to further injury until it heals.
If you or someone you’re with has experienced a concussion in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, then you can rely on the expert emergency care at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican. Use our online ER check-in to schedule your arrival time.
Symptoms of Concussion
Symptoms of concussion can be subtle. Some start right away, while others may appear within hours or days of a head injury. Common concussion symptoms include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleep problems
- Memory problems
- Nausea or vomiting
- Confusion or brain fog
- Difficulty concentrating
- Personality changes, irritability, or depression
- Sensitivity to light or noise
Because it can be serious, you should see a doctor after a head injury, whether you experience symptoms right away or not.
When to Find Emergency Care for a Concussion
Call 911 if you have:
- Difficulty walking or talking
- Severe headache
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
Causes of Concussion
When a blow to the body or head occurs, it causes the brain to move suddenly and forcefully around in the skull. This damages brain cells and creates chemical changes in the brain.
Trauma that can cause concussion include:
- Whiplash injuries
- Blows to the head
- Violent hits to the body
Diagnosing & Treating Concussion at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican
Once at our hospital, your doctor will perform a physical exam, paying special attention to your nervous system. This involves checking your reflexes, coordination, and pupil size. Your doctor will also test your memory and ability to recall information. If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may order an imaging exam, such as a CAT scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Rest is the standard treatment for a concussion, including both physical and mental rest. You’ll need to avoid activities that require thinking and concentration, including watching TV, playing video games, reading, or using a computer or smartphone. Your doctor may also recommend time off or shortened school days or work days. Do not return to activities or sports until your doctor clears it.
You may also need over-the-counter pain relievers (like acetaminophen or Tylenol) to treat headaches. Ask your doctor before taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve).
How to Prevent a Concussion
To protect yourself and help prevent concussions:
- Wear helmets and other protective gear during sports and recreational activities
- Buckle your seat belt
- Learn and practice proper techniques for contact sports
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides comprehensive emergency care for patients with concussion in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.