Concussion

Concussion

Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the normal functioning of the brain is disrupted by a jolt or blow to the head. Though symptoms of a concussion can be subtle, common signs include headache, dizziness, and memory problems, recognition and proper management of a concussion is crucial to avoiding additional serious injury. A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first puts the individual at risk for a more severe permanent brain injury.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Post-concussion evaluation and management should be done as soon as possible after the injury. Our Concussion team offers comprehensive assessment by a trained neurologist and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment plan.

Neurocognitive tests are critical in the ongoing monitoring of the concussed patient. Doctors of neuropsychology use a variety of tools to quantify how the patient is able to think, react, and remember. Computerized memory testing can be performed to further assess the impact of concussion on memory.

The brain is a very complex organ, and the specific nature of the injury may be quite different from patient to patient. In some instances, the prevailing symptom may be headaches that are best treated through at our center. There may be disruptions to the balance mechanisms of the inner ear, resulting in persistent dizziness. The Dizziness Center offers a battery of tests to isolate such injuries and determine medications or medications with Vestibular Therapy can be very effective. Sleep difficulties are referred to the Specialist at Sleep Center. Changes in behavior are assessed by experts in behavioral neurology and psychiatry.