A traumatic brain injury or TBI, also known as a concussion, can range from mild to severe. In the worst situations, you may need to be taken to an emergency room in Tennessee. It is not always necessary, however, for you to receive medical care after every concussion.

The National Institute for Child Health and Human Development states that while a mild concussion will heal, if you do get another one during this healing process, significant complications could arise that could potentially be fatal. It is important to take extra care when recovering from any TBI to protect the head and avoid any situations when another injury could occur. Children concussed while engaged in sports or other physical activities should stop and allow enough time for recovery.

Is it possible to tell if a doctor’s visit is necessary?

Simply getting a bump on the head is not a traumatic brain injury. There are a range of symptoms involved with traumatic brain injury, including emotional or mood changes, issues with coordination and even problems with cognition and speaking.

If you do have some of the symptoms of even a mild concussion, it is difficult to tell if you will need treatment without the advice of a healthcare professional. A doctor can evaluate how severe the TBI really is, and advice you as to whether you need immediate treatment or if it will heal with rest and care.

This article is meant to help you make an informed decision on whether to see a doctor, and is not intended as legal advice.