Concussion is caused by a blow to the head or shaking of the head which can change normal brain function. Sometimes concussion is also called mild traumatic brain injury. There can be loss of consciousness but this does not always occur. In most cases, brain damage from a concussion does not show on tests such as CT or MRI scan. Symptoms can include changes in thinking, emotions and sleep. The symptoms can last for days to weeks and in some cases several months. Most patients recover completely from concussion.
After being diagnosed with a concussion, when should you call for help?
Call 911 anytime you think emergency care is needed. For example, call if an individual:
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if an individual:
- Head Injury in Children: After Your Child’s Visit
- Head Injury in Adults: After Your Visit
- Contact Concussion Management
Suffered a concussion? What you need to know when you have a concussion.
The Youth Sports Concussion Program at Kaiser Permanente aims to improve detection, management, and outcome of sports-related concussions in middle and high school athletes.