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A concussion is a type of head injury that can cause brain damage. The medical name for it is traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Causes of concussion we see at Dignity Health Southern California include direct blows to the head, such as during sports or a fall. It can also occur with a jarring force to your body, such as during a whiplash injury.
Concussion symptoms can be subtle and may not be obvious right away. It could be hours or days before symptoms appear, such as headache, mild confusion, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, and sensitivity to light and noise.
Always seek professional medical care for concussion in Southern California. Find a Doctor at our convenient locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and in Inland Empire cities San Bernardino, Fontana, and Highland for personal care.
You should get emergency medical care or call 911 for immediate attention if you experience:
At Dignity Health Southern California, we have highly trained emergency medicine doctors and nurses available to perform concussion tests at these convenient locations:
You can use InQuicker to select an estimated arrival time at our emergency rooms (ERs) or urgent care centers.
Our doctors recommend you have a neurological exam after a blow to the head or other jarring motion. At Dignity Health Southern California, your doctor will check your reflexes, coordination, pupil size, and memory. If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may order diagnostic testing, including imaging exams.
Even a mild concussion makes the brain vulnerable to further injury until it heals, so both physical and mental rest is necessary. Your doctor will discuss activity restrictions as well as medicines that are safe for headache, one of the more common concussion symptoms.
You can protect yourself and prevent complications of concussion by following your doctor’s treatment plan, including not returning to activities or sports until your doctor clears it. We always have your health and safety in mind at Dignity Health Southern California. Wearing proper head gear and other protective equipment during sports and recreational activities will help protect your head and reduce your risk of injury.
Contact us for more information about our neurological services at Dignity Health Southern California.
Dignity Health offers skilled diagnostic care and treatment for concussion in Southern California.