Slipping and falling at home. Injuring yourself at work. Being involved in a motor vehicle accident. These situations as well as others from daily life can put people of all ages at risk for concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other head injuries.
The experts at the NorthShore Concussion Clinic draw upon the collaborative strength of neurologists, neuropsychologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, and physical, occupational and speech therapists as well as others to diagnose and treat brain injuries—from the very mild to the most severe. Our neurological team offers a full spectrum of concussion and head injury assessment and treatment strategies as well as helps to promote long-term brain health with appropriate counseling, testing and reduction of risk factors.
Upon diagnosis, our skilled team develops a personalized treatment plan employing an array of options from medication to speech therapy. However, most mild brain injuries are self-limiting conditions that can be resolved through rest and medical observation and monitoring of your condition. When left undiagnosed, the brain may not have the proper time needed to heal, which can lead to more serious, long-term effects if another head injury is sustained.
Concussion Symptoms and Diagnosis
A head injury or concussion can occur with or without a direct hit to the head, and symptoms can linger for days to weeks.
Symptoms of concussions are often very subtle and may not be immediately evident after the head injury is sustained, making a diagnosis more difficult. This diagnosis can be increasingly hard to identify given that the majority of concussions do not result in loss of consciousness or being classically “knocked out”.
Some of the most common head injury and concussion symptoms include:
- Neck pain
- Memory loss or confusion
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light or sound
If you suspect a concussion or are experiencing any concussion symptoms after a blow to the head or whiplash-type injury, you should contact your physician for an examination.
Many of our specialists also conduct clinical research that ensures patients who come to NorthShore have access to the latest information and care for concussion, TBI and other head injuries.
Our team is committed to advancing research that leads to improvements in patient care. Our physicians are or have been involved in studies related to:
- Sophisticated brain imaging to identify those at high risk for neurological complications sustained from concussions
- Identifying genetic factors for those at higher risk of developing long-term problems from multiple concussions
- New head and neck gear to limit the severity and prevent concussions
- The use of acupuncture to treat symptoms due to TBI or other head injuries
- Supplements and other preventive medications for those at high-risk of concussions
For more information on head injury and concussion prevention, symptoms and treatment, or to schedule an appointment with one of our concussion and head injury specialists, please call 847.982.4195.