Guide To Concussion Symptoms

A concussion is a temporary brain injury. It may be caused by a bump or blow to the head, and in some circumstances, a concussion may be caused by trauma to another part of the body that makes the head move sharply back and forth. The sudden movement can cause stretching, twisting, or other damage to brain cells. With proper treatment, most symptoms are resolved within two weeks.

There is no test or X-ray to diagnose a concussion. However, tests or imaging may be ordered to rule out serious injury. A doctor decides whether a concussion exists based on patient observation and symptoms explained by the patient. For this reason, observations of concussion symptoms are vital after a head injury.

Ringing In The Ears

Ringing in the ears, a condition also known as tinnitus, may include other sounds like buzzing or hissing. It's not unusual for tinnitus to occur after a head injury. This symptom generally results from a bump to the temporal lobe, which is located below the temples and processes sound. Noise sensitivity may also occur with tinnitus, making noisy public places difficult to endure. Ringing usually goes away within minutes or a few hours. If it continues or gets worse, medical attention is necessary. If tinnitus symptoms with or without dizzy feelings continue after other concussion symptoms subside, patients may be referred to an ear specialist.

Keep reading for the next key symptom of a concussion.

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