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By Winchester Neurological Consultants
November 08, 2019
Category: Neural Issues
Tags: Concussions  

A concussion is a serious injury. It’s important that you turn to a neurologist for care.

A concussion is a common traumatic brain injury (TBI) that results when there is a blow to the head. Concussions can result from car headacheaccidents, bad falls, or sports-related injuries. When the head sustains a powerful blow it jostles the brain around, which can damage brain cells and result in chemical changes within the brain. From the office of our Winchester, VA, neurologists, learn more about the telltale symptoms of a concussion and the treatments and rehab services we offer at our Concussion Clinic.

 

Concussion Symptoms Can Be Subtle

Not all symptoms of a concussion are obvious, and due to this, sometimes a parent or family member can often overlook these symptoms. It’s important that you seek medical attention right away if you or a family member is dealing with,

  • Any loss of consciousness
  • Changes in consciousness (e.g. suddenly sleepy; having trouble waking up)
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Dilated pupils
  • Double vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fluid draining from the nose and ears
  • Slurred speech, weakness in the arms or legs, poor balance

While these symptoms might not require immediate attention, it’s still important to monitor your child or a family member if they are dealing with,

  • Lightheadedness
  • Vertigo
  • Headache
  • Balance problems
  • Mood changes
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Slowed thinking
  • Trouble remembering or concentrating
  • Changes in sleep

After a head injury, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue are symptoms that usually appear immediately, while mood swings and other emotional symptoms may appear later.

 

Treating and Rehabbing a Concussion

Since all brain injuries are a bit different, the type of treatment you will need to recover from a concussion will also be unique to you. You will need to turn to a neurology specialist in Winchester, VA, who will perform a thorough evaluation along with neurological testing to determine the extent of the injury. From there, we can create a customized treatment plan.

Our very own Dr. Fowler has worked with athletes and other patients living within the Winchester, VA, area to provide them with concussion care after a sports injury or traumatic accident. She even provides local high schools with concussion care, which includes a 20-minute neuropsychological test that checks memory and reaction time to diagnose concussions. Concussions do not require surgery, but we can recommend certain medication, lifestyle modifications, and alternative therapies and rehab to help manage your symptoms.

We also offer,

  • Post-injury recommendations and advice for daily activities that are safe and which ones to avoid
  • Referrals for vestibular rehabilitation to improve balance and coordination
  • Assistance and monitoring throughout your rehabilitation to determine how to reintroduce you back into sports
  • Cognitive testing to detect long-term issues as a result of your concussion

 

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you or your child is dealing with a concussion in Winchester, VA, it’s important that you seek treatment right away. Turn to the experts at Winchester Neurological Consultants to create the proper treatment plan to help you heal as quickly as possible. Dial (540) 667-1828.