A concussion is an injury to the brain that often occurs due to a fall
or a blow to the head. These injuries can happen to anyone at any time,
and symptoms may occur immediately or several hours or even days after
the initial injury. If you notice any of the possible signs of a concussion
following a blow to the head, it’s best to
seek prompt emergency care for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Headache or Perception Issues
Some of the most common symptoms of a concussion include headache, ringing
in the ears, and changes in perception that affect the senses. An individual
suffering from a concussion may lose his sense of smell or taste, or experience
blurry vision or other visual disturbances.
Cognitive or Mood Changes
Confusion and memory loss may also occur following a concussion; confusion
may manifest as one or several changes in cognition, including increased
distractibility, the inability to complete a set sequence of actions,
or trouble maintaining a coherent stream of thought or speech. Other cognitive
changes associated with concussions include difficulty concentrating on
tasks or solving problems. Additionally, concussions may cause changes
in mood, such as unfounded irritation, anxiety, or mood swings.
Nausea or Balance Issues
Concussions can affect the body’s sense of balance. These injuries
may cause trouble balancing or walking, as well as feelings of vertigo
and lightheadedness. In extreme cases, a
loss of consciousness may occur. Individuals may also experience nausea or vomiting after sustaining
The newly-expanded emergency department at Regional Medical Center of San
Jose is proud to offer diagnostic imaging and emergency care in San Jose
for injuries and illnesses of any kind. You can find out more about our
43-bed ER or check out our current emergency care wait times on our website,
or call (888) 762-8881 to
reach a registered nurse for more information.