A concussion or head injury can result in serious complications if a patient is not properly diagnosed and treated by a professional. When a concussion occurs, often by trauma to the head or body, the normal functions of the brain are disrupted, resulting in physical and cognitive concerns. Additionally, patients with a concussion may also experience strange behaviors, emotions, and interrupted sleep patterns. Because some instances of concussions can escalate to serious medical problems or death, it is imperative that patients get an evaluation as soon as a concussion is suspected.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
Concussions are often a result of a blow to the head. Anyone who has experienced trauma to the head may be at risk for a traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI, or the serious implications of a concussion. Anyone who has sustained an injury to the head or a jolt of the head and neck should be evaluated as soon as possible by a medical professional and watched closely for signs and symptoms such as:
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Sleep disturbances
- Changes in vision and hearing
- Increased depression and anxiety
- Slowed responses
- Poor concentration and memory
- Mental “fog”
If any of these symptoms are seen in an individual who has recently experienced trauma to the head, it is vital that they see a medical professional as soon as possible for a thorough evaluation.
How to handle a concussion
Once an evaluation is performed, the doctor at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island will often make recommendations for treatment. Following these instructions, while also looking for signs of worsening symptoms, is critical for proper healing. Some of the treatment recommendations may include:
- Pain medications
- Activity modifications
- Self-care and rest
- Supportive care (monitoring)
- Rehabilitation services (for restoring mental and physical function)
Do you believe you or a loved one has suffered a concussion?
Contact Orthopedic Associates of Long Island today to request an appointment at any one of the seven locations in the community. The primary office line is (631) 689-6698 and allows patients to schedule an appointment at any one of our practices.