A concussion is a type of brain injury that causes temporary loss of normal brain function. After a concussion, you may experience memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and headache. Even if your symptoms are mild, you should see a doctor right way for a proper evaluation.
With quality emergency imaging and pediatric ER, our emergency rooms are equipped to diagnose and care for you or your child after a head injury. If you or someone you care for experiences a concussion in Northern California, visit an emergency department at Dignity Health North State. To wait at home until you’re ready to come to the ER, use our online waiting tool InQuicker.
Signs of a Concussion
Sometimes, the symptoms of a concussion aren’t very obvious. They can also develop right after the injury or several hours later.
You may experience any of the following symptoms:
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Personality changes, irritability, or depression
- Sleep problems
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to light or noise
When to Call 911
Always call 911 if the following symptoms appear after a concussion:
- Severe headache
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty walking
Expert Treatment for Concussion at Dignity Health North State
After a concussion, the first step is to determine the extent of your head injury. Your emergency room doctor will perform a thorough physical exam and check your neurological function. Depending on your symptoms, you may also need a CT scan or an MRI scan.
Before leaving the emergency room, you’ll be given thorough after-care instructions. Most of the time, at-home care will help you recover from a concussion.
Self-treatment for a concussion may include:
- Acetaminophen to alleviate a headache
- Avoiding activities that require concentration, including video games, reading, or using a smartphone
Always follow your doctor’s orders to prevent further brain injury. For emergency care that’s rooted in healing and humankindness, visit a Dignity Health North State emergency room in Northern California.
Dignity Health North State offers quality emergency treatment for concussion in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.