Causes and Diagnoses
Causes and Diagnoses of Concussions
Concussions are usually caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Sometimes, the signs of injury are not immediately obvious.
To properly diagnose a concussion or traumatic brain injury, your physician will begin with a thorough physical and neurological office exam, which will likely be followed by one or more of these tests:
- Blood tests check for underlying condition
- Computed tomography scan (CT or CAT scan)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure the brain's electrical activity