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Definition 

A concussion is a disturbance in brain functioning that occurs following either a blow to the head or as a result of the violent shaking of the head. This is most often related to a motor vehicle accident, fall, or sports injury.  A concussion is mild brain injury and needs to be managed early and comprehensively and effective concussion management is a team effort.  A person should work with their medical providers in order to ensure that recovery is as swift and comprehensive as possible and that the risk of re-injury before full recovery is minimized. 

If you have had a concussion, there are several simple steps to best ensure your brain heals as quickly as possible.
1) Seek professional attention. You may need a brain scan or more serious treatment.
2) Rest and Recovery.  Make sure to avoid sports and school or work.  The brain needs to heal. 
3) To determine the length of time that Rest is necessary, you should be evaluated by a Neuropsychologist or someone qualified to make that decision.

We use a combination of clinical assessment and psychometric testing to assess the impact of concussion on the brain. While comprehensive neuropsychological assessment can be utilized, it may not required.  For concussion management, we use ImPACT™,  related to sports activities and for other mild traumatic brain injuries. If more in depth cognitive assessment or neuropsychological testing is needed, we can provide this as well.

 

 

   

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