Can I have a concussion if I didn’t hit my head?

People ask me all the time, they say, “I was in a pretty serious car accident but I didn’t strike my head in anything in the vehicle and I didn’t lose consciousness. Is it possible that I’ve suffered …

People ask me all the time, they say, “I was in a pretty serious car accident but I didn’t strike my head in anything in the vehicle and I didn’t lose consciousness. Is it possible that I’ve suffered a concussion?” The answer is yes and in fact, not only a concussion but a traumatic brain injury could ensue. Oftentimes it is the shearing of the brain in the car accident, that causes a traumatic brain injury.
What do I mean by that? Well, intracranially speaking, your brain itself is sitting in fluid, in your skull. When your vehicle hits another vehicle, the impact obviously to the vehicle, you see the damage to the vehicle. What happens to your brain in your skull in that accident? It’s something you don’t realize at the moment because it happens so rapidly. Normally, if you were hit from behind, for example, your head may literally go forward, whipping forward and backwards very, very rapidly. So rapidly that you won’t even remember what happened.
You may not have intracranial hemorrhaging or bleeding at the scene, however, you may start to feel symptoms. You may go through vertigo, dizziness, loss of memory, mood swings. All these kinds of things are signs, so you want to look to your family members and loved ones, if they notice certain things are going on with you, take it very seriously and seek professional help when it comes to a traumatic brain injury.
If you’ve suffered something like this, or you’re not sure, you’ve been involved in a serious wreck or car accident or truck accident, please call us, we’re here to help you.