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Minor Head Injuries (Concussions)

Often caused by falls or sports injuries, minor head injuries can have a range of outcomes. While most concussions do not result in long-term damage, seeking the advice of a medical provider is always recommended.

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What is a concussion?

When your head is bumped or jolted, your head and brain move rapidly back and forth. This causes your brain to bounce or twist in ways it normally does not, sometimes even stretching or damaging brain cells.

Concussions vary from mild to severe and while most are non-life-threatening, it is best to keep an eye on symptoms as the effects can still cause harm.

Are all minor head injuries considered concussions?

Yes. If the injury affects your head beyond minor cuts or scrapes, it is classified as a concussion.

What are the symptoms of a concussion or minor head injury?

You may experience no changes after a minor head injury, but it is important to pay attention to how you feel and if you experience any changes which may indicate you need to be examined by a medical professional. Common head injury symptoms to watch for are:

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Confusion

  • Memory impairment

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Headache

  • Balance problems

  • Feeling sluggish or foggy

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When should you visit urgent care for minor head injury treatment?

If you or a loved one have experienced a head injury and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, especially if there is a loss of consciousness, please seek treatment. Check in online or walk in to a WellNow location nearest you.

This medical information has been reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Robert Biernbaum, Chief Medical Officer for WellNow Urgent Care.

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Injuries We Treat

WellNow Urgent Care can help when you or a family member is hurt. Our dedicated medical team will provide prompt, comprehensive and compassionate care to help you get better, faster.

This list contains are most frequently treated injuries. If you are experiencing pain from an injury not listed or are unsure of the source of your discomfort, visit a WellNow Urgent Care clinic near you or start a virtual care session.

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Abrasions (Scrapes)
Abscesses and Cysts
Animal Bites
Back Pain
Cuts and Lacerations
Eye Complaints