When to seek treatment for a concussion

Woman complaining of headache to her physicianA concussion, sometimes called a mild TBI, may result from a variety of incidents, including a sports-related event or motor vehicle accident.

Common symptoms following a concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Upset stomach/vomiting
  • Memory lapse (loss of memory for a brief period around the event)
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Irritability

Concussion-related symptoms may last only an hour or two, or they may last for a week or more.

Medical attention should be sought immediately after the incident when then symptoms are observed for initial evaluation.


Although this is rare, concussions can sometimes lead to bleeding in the brain, which can be life-threatening. Therefore, monitoring of the person with the concussion is needed to see if symptoms worsen.

Additionally, if any of the following signs are observed, immediate medical attention is needed:

  • Headache that is getting worse
  • Ongoing vomiting well after the incident
  • Increased drowsiness or dizziness
  • Increased confusion