Why You Should See a Neurologist About Your Concussion

By: Dr. Ellen Edgar  -  no responses  -  Conditions, Diagnosis, Education, Neurological Blog


Boy with concussion in New York City

Head injuries occur in a range of different situations. A fall, if you hit your head on something, playing contact sports like football or hockey, or a car accident. Most of the time, you find a small bump or slight tenderness and you might not give it a second thought. Unfortunately, this could lead to bigger issues. Any head injury should be checked out as soon as possible in case you are suffering from a concussion.

What is a Concussion?

Your brain isn’t fixed inside your skull but rather floats inside it. When you are hit on the head, your brain knocks against the inside of your skull. Often, your brain suffers several impacts before the head returns to its normal position. The injury to your brain is called a concussion.

After a hard blow to your head, you may pass out, experience dizziness, slight memory loss or a headache. Other symptoms could include extreme sleepiness, inability to “think straight” and difficulty balancing. These symptoms may occur immediately after the injury or up to several weeks later. This is why it’s important to continually monitor your symptoms and see a doctor after suffering a head injury.

It is important to catch a more severe injury right away. On rare occasions, a blood clot can form and cause more lasting damage to your brain. That is why it is necessary to have all head injuries evaluated by a specialist. In most cases, you will be given instructions for resting and a schedule for returning to normal activity.

What Tests Will the Doctor Perform?

The doctor will question you to find out exactly what happened to cause the injury. You will then be asked questions about whether you lost consciousness or not. Your ability to be coherent will be evaluated by questions regarding name, date and maybe who the current President is. You may also be asked to solve simple problems. This is to determine whether there is any cognitive loss, indicating more severe damage.

Normally, this kind of evaluation will give the doctor a good idea of how severe the injury is. If they feel the need to test further, you will be asked to undergo a CT scan so the doctor can get a picture of your brain to assess any damage.

Getting Treatment

The specialists at Complete Neurological Care all have a wealth of experience treating neurological conditions and brain-related disorders. Contact us today if you have suffered a head injury and are need of evaluation for a concussion.

 

 

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