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Spotting the Symptoms of a Concussion

Spotting the Symptoms of a Concussion

Imagine someone you know gets hit in the head. They seem fine, but something seems off. Could it be a concussion? Recognizing the signs matters, even outside of sports.

Thankfully, you're not alone on this journey. With over a decade of experience identifying and treating concussion symptoms, acclaimed neurologist Lenny Cohen, MD, and his team at Chicago Neurological Services in Roscoe Village and Oak Park, Illinois, offer advanced science and personalized care to help you achieve your best well-being.

Ready to uncover the core signs of a concussion and understand why spotting them early is pivotal? Keep reading to spot the key symptoms and safeguard your health.

What is a concussion? 

Before we explore the symptoms, it's essential to grasp the essence of what a concussion entails. In simple terms, a concussion represents a mild traumatic brain injury triggered by a forceful impact or sudden jolt to the head. This impact disrupts the brain's regular functioning, albeit temporarily, and its repercussions can manifest in various ways across the body.

Concussion telltale signs 

Overt indicators that signal their presence may not always accompany concussions. Instead, they can be subtle, and sometimes symptoms might not show up immediately. Look out for the following red flags:


A persistent or worsening headache is a common indicator of a concussion.

Dizziness or balance issues

Feeling unsteady on your feet or having trouble with balance could signal a concussion.

Nausea or vomiting 

If you start feeling queasy or vomit after a head injury, it's time to take it seriously.

Confusion or memory problems

Forgetfulness, confusion, or difficulty remembering recent events are clear signs.

Changes in vision

Blurry or double vision, sensitivity to light, or trouble focusing can all point to a concussion.

Mood swings

If your emotions are all over the place – from irritable to sad – a concussion might be at play.


Feeling excessively tired or having trouble staying awake is another sign.

Seeking help and why it matters

Ignoring symptoms can lead to complications like post-concussion syndrome or prolonged issues. Second impact syndrome, where another head injury occurs before the first heals, is also a risk. Multiple concussions can result in long-term cognitive problems.

Here’s what we recommend you do: 


Allow both physical and mental rest for healing.

Medical attention

If you suspect a concussion, seek help from Dr. Cohen right away.

Avoid physical activity

Stay away from risky activities until cleared by our team. 

Monitor symptoms 

Keep track of symptoms and communicate with Dr. Cohen along the way.

Ultimately, identifying concussion symptoms is crucial. Whether you're a sports enthusiast, parent, or anyone concerned about head injuries, knowing the signs can prevent complications. 

If you experience any of these symptoms after a head injury, don't hesitate to seek medical advice for your well-being. Contact one of our offices today or use our online booking tool to make your first appointment with Dr. Cohen.

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