You or your child has sustained a concussion?
If you believe you or your child has sustained a concussion, consult your family or sports physician as soon as possible for medical evaluation.
If you believe you or your child has sustained a concussion, consult your family or sports physician as soon as possible for medical evaluation. Most sport-related concussion injuries do not require emergency care. However, it is important that the injured party remains under close observation for the first few hours (and even days) following the injury, and the individual should not be left alone or allowed to operate a motorized vehicle. Emergency evaluation is warranted in situations of deteriorating mental status. The following symptoms may indicate that the athlete has sustained a more serious and/or life-threatening injury
- Increasing confusion
- Difficulty recognizing people or places
- Worsening headaches
- Nausea, vomiting
- Excessive drowsiness, lethargy
- Slurred speech
At the doctor’s office?
At the doctor’s office, you will be asked to describe the
symptoms you’ve experienced, and you may undergo several tests to determine if a concussion is suspected.
These tests may include a variety of the following:
- Eye exam
- Balance assessment (with your eyes open, and then closed)
- Coordination testing (for example, bringing your index finger to your nose several times)
- Gait evaluation (observing you walk, watching you walk heel-to-toe)
- Blood pressure assessment
- Listening to your heart and chest
- Checking your neck for pain, tenderness, or limited motion
It is merely a guide to possible concussive symptoms. It is important to seek medical attention immediately to receive a diagnosis.
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This website is here to help educate and are not intended to replace medical care and/or professional supervision. There is no substitute for a competent neurologist, physician, health professional or clinician when it comes to diagnosing and managing concussions. What StopConcussions offers is an insight into the nature of a brain injury. It is a guide to help you understand the cause, effects and consequences of concussions as well as how you can help reduce the incidences of the injury, manage the injury better and be able to ask all the right questions when dealing with a concussed individual.
The brain is complex, and each injury is personalized. Not only is every brain different, so is every concussion, and the therapy must be tailored to each individual. With this said, only a physician or qualified healthcare professional who has been educated in concussions can recommend a treatment and rehabilitation program. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a specific injury, contact your physician immediately.
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