Understanding Concussions

Being diagnosed with a concussion may be frightening, but with the help of a qualified professional, most patients can recover without long-term effects. A concussion is a common brain injury that can occur due to impact to the head or by the violent shaking of the body and/or head. Many doctors refer to it as an MTBI, or mild traumatic brain injury.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

This specific traumatic brain injury can result in:

  • Altered mental state
  • Unconsciousness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Headache or migraines
  • Confusion and memory loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness/fatigue
  • Ringing in the area (tinnitus)
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Amnesia and disorientation

How is a concussion treated?

There is not a “cure,” per se, for a concussion, though patients can take proper steps to recover from this mild traumatic brain injury. Following the diagnosis of a concussion, patients may be told to:

  • Rest and take it easy
  • Restrict activities to allow the brain to recover
  • Avoid screen time, such as video games or television
  • Reduce participation in active sports
  • Take medication for headache pain or nausea
  • Avoid too much socialization or mental strain

Who is at risk of a concussion?

Patients of all ages can obtain a concussion due to trauma or injury. It is essential that patients get a proper diagnosis and follow specific recovery suggestions to ensure they can function as they normally did without permanent effects. Our team of doctors will evaluate a patient to determine how severe the concussion is, and provide quality care and recommendations to ensure they recovery properly.

What can I do to prevent concussions?

When it comes to high-impact sports, patients should wear proper protective headgear to reduce the severity of any injury to the head. The patients at the highest risk for concussions are those who participate in certain sports and activities that can put them at risk for a blow to the head or body.

Have you experienced a concussion?

Patients can call (631) 689-6698 to schedule an appointment with Orthopedic Associates of Long Island to learn about this condition and speak to professional for a full evaluation. With a proper diagnosis and specific aftercare instructions, most patients can recover from a concussion without long-term implications.

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