Concussion Diagnosis: How is this Done?

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May 24, 2019
Edward Smith

Concussion Diagnosis: How is this Done?

A concussion diagnosis can be challenging because the symptoms can vary widely from person to person. A concussion is caused by a blow to the head that causes a temporary loss of normal brain function. In many situations, there might not be any bruising or bleeding of the head. Regardless, concussions can lead to permanent complications if not treated appropriately. Some of the possible complications include:

  • The development of post-concussion syndrome which involves trouble sleeping, chronic headaches, and emotional irritability.
  • Chronic dizziness or vertigo.
  • Earlier development of chronic or degenerative brain disease.

To prevent these complications from occurring, it is essential for a concussion diagnosis to be made as quickly as possible.

The Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

A concussion can present in many different ways. The doctors going to ask about the signs and symptoms that the individual is experiencing. Some of the most common symptoms of a concussion include:

  • A feeling that pressure is building in the head
  • Chronic headaches
  • Confusion, disorientation, or an altered mental status
  • A possible temporary loss of consciousness
  • Being slow to answer questions
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Nausea and vomiting

After this, the doctor is going to perform a neurological examination to assist in the concussion diagnosis. This includes:

  • Analyzing the individual’s visual fields
  • Testing hearing
  • Assessing strength and sensation
  • Looking at balance and coordination
  • Testing the reflexes
  • Determining concentration, memory, and information recall

In addition to these evaluations, objective tools also exist to evaluate possible concussions.

Watch YouTube Video: Signs of a Concussion. This video discusses some of the signs and symptoms of a concussion that are sometimes not as obvious.

Using an Objective Tool: SCAT 5 and Concussion Diagnosis

The SCAT 5 was developed to test for concussions on the sidelines of sporting events; however, it is also used following traumatic accidents. The role of the SCAT 5 is to:

  • Look for red flags such as neck pain or tenderness, double vision, loss of consciousness, vomiting, or seizures.
  • Look for signs of a severe traumatic brain injury, including trouble balancing, trouble walking, disorientation, or an apparent head injury.
  • Incorporate the Glasgow Coma Scale.

The scoring of the SCAT 5 can be used to help diagnose a concussion.

Contacting a Brain Injury Lawyer

A concussion is one of many different types of traumatic brain injuries. All brain injuries need to be taken seriously because they can lead to permanent complications. These complications impact not only the individual but also other family and friends. Families who are facing a TBI should meet with a brain injury lawyer in Napa. A compassionate attorney can help families review all of the information, assess their options, and pursue damages that could aid in their recovery. No family should have to face this situation alone. Set up a meeting with a Napa brain injury attorney.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Napa Brain Injury Lawyer. A concussion can be challenging to diagnose because the symptoms can vary from person to person. If you or a loved one has developed a brain injury in a traumatic accident, please give me a call at (707) 564-1900 or (916) 921-6400 for free, friendly legal advice.

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