A concussion is a brain injury that results in a temporary, or in severe cases permanent, disruption of normal brain function. Mild to moderate concussions may last from a few days to several months.
Many concussions go unreported because people lack knowledge about the symptoms that can occur. Before extensive research was done on the subject, “getting your bell rung” was a common, casual way to refer to a concussion. But we know now that every concussion is significant, unique and potentially complex.
If a concussion is not accurately diagnosed and treated, it might mean a longer recovery time and more complications.
They can occur at any age from a variety of causes, but athletes are one of the most at-risk groups. Concussions frequently occur in football, but lacrosse, soccer and basketball are close behind.
The vast majority of patients and athletes who have sustained a concussion recover completely with no complications. But it is crucial that a possible concussion is evaluated, diagnosed and treated properly. It’s important for those who have suffered a concussion to avoid physical and mental exertion for the period of time a doctor recommends.
Doctors Care can assist with the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of those who have suffered mild concussions. Baseline testing would be completed on an individual basis, including testing to determine whether a concussion was sustained. After diagnosis, treatment plans would be required before returning to work, play or recreational activities.
If you have sustained a head injury and are experiencing nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, balance problems or confusion, a visit to your local emergency department is warranted.
We often can help evaluate and treat your concussion to help reduce your chance of long-term symptoms.