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I May Have a Concussion: What Do I Do?

I May Have a Concussion: What Do I Do?

Schedule an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible. It is not usually necessary to visit the ER unless your symptoms are severe and/or rapidly worsening. It is not usually necessary to have someone wake you in the night – get a good night’s sleep, and nap when you need to during the first 24-72 hours after the injury (daytime napping is not advised beyond this early phase). Limit use of your phone, TV, computer and limit reading and tasks requiring visual and cognitive demand. You may need time off work or school in the early stages. If a Concussion is diagnosed, visit KOPC for a full evaluation – we have Sports Medicine Physician, Physiotherapist, Chiropractors and Massage Therapists all trained in the field of concussion management and treatment.

Signs and Symptoms of Concussion:

  • Headache
  • Head “Pressure”
  • Dizziness
  • Light-Headedness
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Blurred or Strained Vision
  • Balance Problems
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Sensitivity to Noise
  • Feeling “Slowed Down”
  • Feeling “In a Fog”
  • Not Feeling “Right”
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Fatigue/Drowsiness
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Excessive Sleepiness
  • Memory Problems
  • Sadness, Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Feeling More Emotional

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