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Accidents happen, and when one involves your head there is a potential risk for a mild or severe concussion depending on the situation. Also known as traumatic brain injuries, concussions result in consequences that require medical attention. At Winchester Neurological Consultants, your doctors have developed a standardized concussion protocol and work as team physicians with high schools and private schools near Winchester, VA. Visit our concussion clinic to begin your road to recovery.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that occurs without you falling unconscious. No one wants to feel their brain rattle, but these injuries often result from violent shaking of the head or sudden jerky movements. Risk factors for concussions heighten when you have a previous history of them or participate in contact sports, like football, soccer, or basketball without the right safety equipment. These factors can reduce when sports are played correctly. It also helps to keep your home safe to prevent slips and falls. Please give our Winchester, VA office a call if you experience one or more of the following after an injury:
- Physical and cognitive fatigue
- Vomiting, nausea, blurred vision, confusion
- Headache, dizziness, pressure in the head
- Sleep more or less than usual, have trouble falling or staying asleep
- Slurred speech, ringing in the ears, temporary loss of consciousness
- Feelings of excessive emotion, sadness, anger, anxiety, or irritability
- Memory delays or loss, difficulty concentrating, problems remembering new information, or trouble thinking clearly
If you've experienced a blow to the head from an injury concussion symptoms can last for hours, days, weeks, and even months. A proper diagnosis entails a neurological examination, cognitive testing, in addition to imaging tests. We can discuss treatment options during your consultation.
For more information about concussions, other conditions we treat, and services provided at Winchester Neurological Consultants, visit our website. Please call (540) 667-1828 to schedule an appointment in our Winchester, VA office.
Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Typically, a traumatic brain injury is due to a violent blow to the head caused by a car accident, fall, or other trauma. Although a mild traumatic brain injury may only have temporary effects on the cells of the brain, a more severe injury can result in torn tissue, contusions, and serious physical damage to the brain. If left untreated, these injuries can cause permanent brain damage. The doctors at Winchester Neurological Consultants specialize in the treatment of traumatic brain injury.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Patients who have suffered head trauma and experience one or more of the following symptoms should seek medical advice as soon as possible. Bear in mind that in some cases symptoms will appear immediately, while in other cases, they may not appear until days or weeks after the traumatic event.
- Brief loss of consciousness
- Feeling dazed, disoriented, or confused
- Blurred vision, ringing in the ears
- Loss of smell
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sudden drowsiness
- Speech difficulties
- Loss of balance
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Problems with memory or concentration
- Mood swings
- Anxiety or depression
Symptoms of more severe brain trauma may include:
- Loss of consciousness for up to several hours
- Persistent headache
- Seizures or convulsions
- Pupil dilation
- Ringling or numbness in the extremities
- Severe confusion
- Slurred speech
When You Should See a Doctor
Traumatic events that may lead to brain injury include:
- Falls: from a roof, ladder, or from the bath, bed, or stairs.
- A vehicular accident: A collision involving one or more motorcycles, bicycles, cars, or trucks or a vehicle and a pedestrian.
- A sports injury: Traumatic brain injuries are common in several sports including boxing, football, skateboarding, hockey, and soccer.
If you live in Winchester and you think you may be suffering from a brain injury, call Winchester Neurological Consultants at (540) 667-1828 to schedule an appointment.