How do you know if you have a concussion?

Here are things to watch for:

  • Headache or neck pain that won’t go away
  • Trouble with mental tasks (remembering, concentrating, or decision-making)
  • Slow thinking, speaking, acting, or reading
  • Getting lost or easily confused
  • Feeling tired all the time, having no energy or motivation
  • Mood changes (feeling sad or angry for no reason)
  • Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping more or having a hard time sleeping)
  • Feeling light-headed or dizzy…even losing balance
  • Having an urge to vomit
  • Increased sensitivity to lights, sounds, or distractions
  • Blurred vision or eyes that tire easily
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Ringing in the ears

And here are a couple more things to watch for in kids and little ones:

  • Being irritable or cranky (will not stop crying…can not be consoled)
  • Changes in eating (will not eat or nurse)
  • Changes in the way the child plays
  • Changes in performance at school
  • Lack of interest in favorite toys or activities
  • Loss of new skills, such as toilet training

If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms, can you find help at Hope Clinic? 

Yes. All three of our practitioners have effective approaches to this kind of head injury. If you are currently dealing with the effects of a concussion, it’s a good idea to make an appointment to begin the deep healing your body needs. Pronto. If you are concerned about a head injury that happened in the past to you or your child, Hope Clinic might be able to help with that, too.

And finally, what can you do to help yourself? 

The best thing you can do is carry a remedy called arnica montana—200cc—in your sports bag (yes…we have it at the clinic). A dose of this at the time of the injury can begin the healing process on the spot! Kids can even carry it in their sports bags, making it easier for them to care for themselves if they suffer a blow to the head during a practice or game. So great!

Be ready with your arnica montana, and be sure to come into the clinic for further care if you’re suffering.

Have you seen our film short about concussions? Watch it here.