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Seek immediate medical care if you experience or observe any of the following:

  • Persistent or worsening headache
  • Very drowsy, or cannot be awakened
  • Increasing confusion or irritability
  • Seizures/loss of consciousness (LOC)
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Not recognizing familiar people/places
  • Neck pain
  • Strange or unusual behavior changes
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness/numbness in extremities
  • Significant irritability
  • Less responsive than usual

Physical

  • Headache
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Balance Problems
  • Visual Problems
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Sensitivity to Noise
  • Numbness/Tingling

Cognitive

  • Feeling “foggy”
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Difficulty Remembering
  • Difficulty Concentrating

Emotional

  • Irritability
  • Anxious
  • Feeling More Emotional
  • Sadness
  • Nervousness
  • Rumination

Sleep

  • Sleeping more
  • Sleeping less
  • Drowsiness
  • Trouble Falling Asleep

Concussion Hotline

Concerned about concussion and need help identifying symptoms or scheduling a concussion appointment? Contact our Concussion Hotline: 

703-970-6427

  • Diet: Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner each day is important, even if three meals are not typically eaten
  • Hydration: It is important to stay well hydrated.
  • Sleep: Stick to a strict sleep schedule, with a regular bedtime and wake-up time. We recommend obtaining 7-9 hours each night, with limited naps of no more than 30 minutes.
  • Physical Activity: It is beneficial to take walks and/or engage in light non-contact physical activities, following the injury. Once you are seen by our team of concussion specialists, additional recommendations will be discussed.
  • Stress: Try to reduce additional stress, nervousness and anxiety by limiting focus on the injury and symptoms.

Concussion Hotline

Concerned about concussion and need help identifying symptoms or scheduling a concussion appointment? Contact our Concussion Hotline: 

703-970-6427