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By Winchester Neurological Consultants
February 19, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Concussions  

Concerned about possible concussion symptoms? Read on to learn more about this distressing injury, and if you or someone you know has recently experienced a head or neck injury, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fowler of Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA.

What is a Concussion?

Also called a traumatic brain injury, a concussion is typically the result of a blow, bump, or jolt to the head that causes the brain to bounce back and forth or twist inside the skull. Although concussions usually aren't life-threatening, the sudden movement can have dangerous consequences and severe long-term effects because it raises the risk of damaging brain cells and creating chemical changes. The outcome is a temporary, or in some cases, persistent, disturbance of healthy brain function.

What are the Symptoms?

Observation is critical during the first 24-48 hours after injury. Concussion symptoms can negatively influence school, work, and social life, which is why patients must seek medical attention immediately. Following a concussion, the victim should visit our Winchester, VA, Concussion Clinic if they notice:

  • Emotional - Increased irritability or changes in mood, behavior, personality, nervousness, and anxiety
  • Cognitive - Confusion, difficulty concentrating or remembering, foggy or hazy feeling inside the head, disorientation
  • Physical - Headache or increased pressure in the head, vision problems, numbness/tingling, extreme fatigue, nausea, and vomiting

If you or a loved one is questioning the severity of the trauma, visit our Winchester Neurological Consultants as soon as possible. Dr. Fowler can accurately assess the signs, determine a diagnosis, develop a customized treatment plan, and make any necessary accommodations.

How Do Doctors Diagnose and Treat Concussions?

To accurately diagnose a concussion, Dr. Fowler will ask questions about how you acquired the injury, what happened afterward, and the symptoms you're experiencing. He may also order additional testing such as an MRI or CT scan of the brain, if necessary, to detect bleeding or swelling. If a concussion is confirmed once all tests are complete, treatment will depend on the level of severity. However, conventional methods include over-the-counter pain relievers, and lots of mental rest that include refraining from technology, cell phone use, video games, and television.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

You don't have to be an athlete to acquire a concussion. If you or a loved one has experienced head or neck trauma from an automobile accident or bad fall, consult with the concussion care team at Winchester Neurological Consultants. Dr. Fowler can perform a proper evaluation and discuss treatment options for children as well as adults. For more information about our Concussion Clinic, the other conditions we treat, or the services we provide, visit our website. For appointment scheduling at our Winchester office, please call (540) 667-1828.

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.