U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Bell, CA
A 29-year-old female asked:

How often are bumps to head really concussions? is just a headache for a day or two after a concussion? do these mild hits and bumps cause cte later?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mahan Chehrenama
Specializes in Neurology
Variable : Not all bumps, blows or jolts to the head or body lead to concussions. Headache is a symptom of either impact to the head/skull or the jolt to the brain and hence can be a sufficient but not diagnostic marker for an actual concussion. Post traumatic headaches at times can persist for months to years. CTE is seen rarely in repetitive head injury without even a single diagnosed concussion.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Concussion.: Not every bump to the head, however strong or light, will lead to a concussion. A concussion is suggested by a specific set of symptoms that spans the day or two after an episode of significant trauma to the head. If these symptoms are not present, then it’s probably just a bump to the head.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Nov 9, 2020

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.