What is a concussion and how do you handle one?

istock 883049352 After a serious injury, such as a sports injury, car accident, or even a slip on the ice, individuals need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a concussion. Concussions are head injuries that can occur to individuals of any age. It is idea that everyone is aware of the symptoms of a concussion to determine if themselves or someone they know need to be seen by a professional. The providers at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island are dedicated to helping patients get a proper diagnosis of their condition and learn about the treatment options.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

The most common symptoms seen in children and adults who have had a concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light/noise
  • Groggy feeling
  • Blurred/double vision
  • Balance issues
  • Slurred speech
  • Irritability
  • Blacking out
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Poor memory/concentration
  • Confusion

What should I do if I suspect a concussion?

The best thing to do immediately upon noticing the symptoms is to see a medical professional for a definitive diagnosis. In most cases, the doctor will recommend physical and mental rest. This includes elimination from certain social activities, and activities that require mental work, including television, work, or even videogames. Headaches are also managed using pain medication. In cases of severe concussions, patients may even be told that rehabilitation therapy is recommended to help recover the ability of the brain to perform certain activities. It is important that a doctor monitors the condition to ensure there is no long-lasting traumatic brain injury that significantly impairs a patient’s ability to function as needed each and every day.

Learn more about concussions and the symptoms that may be present

The professionals at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island are here to help individuals who may have experienced a traumatic head injury and have developed a concussion. Call the office at (631) 689-6698 to request a consultation visit at any one of our seven office locations throughout the community. We are dedicated to helping new and current patients with their orthopedic needs, and can help educate and walk you through the process of healing from a concussion.

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