Concussions don’t just happen on the football field. A mild bump or blow, even a hit to the body that causes the head to whiplash back and forth can result in a concussion. The medical profession considers a concussion a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. That said, the effects of a concussion can be serious with serious consequences. That’s why, when you “get your bell rung,” and experience some of the symptoms of concussion, it’s important that you’re examined by a medical professional to ensure that the injury is accurately diagnosed and appropriately treated.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of concussion:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • balance problems or dizziness
  • double or fuzzy vision
  • sensitivity to light or noise
  • feeling sluggish
  • feeling “foggy”
  • change in sleep pattern
  • problems with concentration or memory

Most people who have suffered a concussion will recover completely in two to three weeks, given proper rest and a gradual return to activities. However, extra care must be taken during this period because experiencing a second concussion before the first has healed can result in serious complications, even death.


Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance was formed by joining the two leading providers serving North Central Indiana and Southwestern Michigan. South Bend Orthopaedics (SBO) and Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center (OSMC) bring together the current seven office locations in South Bend, Elkhart, Mishawaka, Goshen, LaPorte, Middlebury and Nappanee to form Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance.