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What to do if you suspect a concussion

istock 1156927795 1 At Orthopedic Associates of Long Island, our providers work with patients with bone conditions and injuries. A head injury can be a significant problem that needs to be evaluated early on to determine if there are lasting effects. A head injury can be scary, and it’s completely natural for patients to worry about how their life is impacted by this trauma. Concussions require immediate medical attention which allows a doctor to rule out life-threatening complications that might occur, including conditions such as bleeding of the brain. Once these concerns have been ruled out, the concussion—or suspected concussion—can be monitored by a professional, such as the doctors at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island.

What to do if you suspect a concussion

If there has been an injury to the head and skull, the first step is to rule out a life-threatening condition. Severe head injuries will need to be handled by an emergency professional, so patients are advised to call 911 or visit the local emergency room for a full evaluation. Once a doctor has eliminated the risks of a life-threatening condition, they can refer patients to Orthopedic Associates of Long Island for further evaluation. Our team of doctors can run imaging and diagnostics to monitor one’s condition, especially if patients are experiencing lingering symptoms. In some instances, patients may experience symptoms for over a month.

By getting evaluated and staying monitored by an experienced professional, patients can stay on top of their concussion and make sure there are no lingering symptoms past the initial recovery period. Our doctors are here to help walk patients through the process of healing following a traumatic head injury.

Do you suspect a concussion?

It is important that patients who might have suffered a concussion speak to a provider about proper care an diagnostics to ensure their lives are not significantly impacted by this injury. Contact Orthopedic Associates of Long Island by calling (631) 689-6698 to connect with our front office team and book an appointment at any of our convenient locations throughout the Long Island area. In cases where serious injuries have occurred, patients may need to visit their local emergency room or contact 911 for immediate assistance.

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