A concussion is a mild brain injury that can occur from a direct bump or blow to the head, such as when striking a field or floor, or a hit to the body that indirectly shakes the head, like a whiplash injury. Injuries to the head or brain should never be taken lightly. If you suspect that you or someone you know has experienced a concussion, it is important to seek an assessment from a concussion expert immediately and manage the concussion through complete recovery.
Recognizing a concussion can be challenging because the type, timing and severity of symptoms can vary depending on the person and specific injury. It is important to look for any of the following symptoms:
- Visual problems
- Poor coordination or balance
- Light/noise sensitivity
- Ringing in ears
- Inconsistent sleep
- Slowed reaction time
- Memory deficits
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased sadness
Concussion services at Sheltering Arms are dedicated to the management and treatment of concussions in adolescents and adults through use of a variety of innovative treatment techniques and a combination of advanced technology only available at Sheltering Arms. Depending upon your specific symptoms, your treatment team may consist of a physician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, medical psychologist and/or athletic trainer.
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For more information about concussion, including facts and statistics, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/Concussion/