Many activities of daily living from work to play can put people of all ages at risk for falls and collisions that could lead to mild traumatic brain injuries or, as they are commonly called, concussions. Concussions can also occur without a direct hit to the head. A strong whiplash action, for example, can knock the brain around inside the head, literally resulting in the “brain hitting the skull” and causing injury.
Concussions frequently occur without loss of consciousness or being classically “knocked out.” Most concussion treatments consist of rest and careful observation, and mild traumatic brain injuries do not typically result in any long-term negative impact. For some individuals, though, concussion symptoms may persist and require additional medical intervention from experts in brain injury diagnosis and treatment. Our specialists can aid patients who sustain more serious brain injuries.
Concussion Symptoms and Prevention
The majority of people who suffer a concussion recover fully with no need for medical treatment. However, the risk for long-term neurological problems dictates careful scrutiny of any head injury.
Common concussion symptoms may include:
- Balance disturbances
- Memory loss or confusion
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light or sound
Concussion symptoms are often very subtle and may not immediately be evident after the head injury is sustained, making diagnosis more difficult.
The most vulnerable period after a concussion is typically the first few days, and symptoms can last for as long as two weeks or more. Multiple concussions, particularly those when the brain has not had adequate time to heal from an earlier concussion, can lead to long-term effects.
If you suspect a concussion or are experiencing any concussion symptoms after a blow to the head or whiplash-type injury, you should contact a physician for an examination.
The NorthShore Neurological Institute’s multidisciplinary team of concussion and head injury specialists takes a multipronged approach to the diagnosis and treatment of concussions and other brain injuries. We combine the expertise of our highly trained neurologists, neurosurgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians (physiatrists), sports medicine physicians and neuropsychologists to offer a full spectrum of concussion and head injury assessment and treatment strategies.
When you contact the Neurological Institute’s concussion and head injury program, we will connect you to the appropriate specialist with the soonest possible appointment time. Our highly qualified clinicians are experienced and attuned to detecting less perceptible concussion symptoms and head injuries, and utilize best-practice examination and concussion treatment pathways.
Please call 877.570.7020 for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our concussion and head injury specialists or submit an online intake form.