Thousands of people, including children, suffer concussions every year.
If you or your child are among them, the experienced team at Enloe’s Concussion Clinic is here to guide you. Contact us for an appointment.
While most concussions resolve on their own, some require additional attention.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. It can be caused by a blow to the head or a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move back and forth very quickly.
This movement can cause chemical changes in the brain and damage brain cells.
Our team sees patients who have experienced a traumatic brain injury four to six weeks prior and have lasting symptoms. We take a multidisciplinary approach for the best outcomes. You may see:
Caregivers will provide you with education on sleep, hygiene, managing headaches and how to know when you’re ready to return to your normal activities. Our team may also coordinate with your primary care physician to prescribe medication if necessary.
Recovery & Referrals
Treatment plans are tailored to your needs. To ensure a complete recovery, please follow your care team’s instructions. Rest is particularly important. If you suffer a concussion, be sure to:
- Avoid physical activity for 24 to 48 hours after an injury.
- Reduce activities such as learning, reading, making decisions and doing things that require mental focus or cause the brain to be overstimulated.
An injured brain needs time to recover to avoid further damage. That is why you should not return to your usual activities until you are free of symptoms and have been cleared by your care team.
ImPACT Certified stands for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. This is a Food and Drug Administration-approved tool that will be used, along with other evaluations, to help determine treatment plans and when it's safe to return to school, work, and/or play.
Know the Signs
People who suffer from a concussion may experience:
- Drowsiness, fatigue or lethargy
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance issues or dizziness
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Numbness or tingling
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurry or double vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory issues
- Nervousness or irritability
- Sadness or depression
They may also sleep longer than usual or have trouble falling asleep. Please note that symptoms may be delayed several hours or days after an injury.