What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that happens as a result of a blow to the head, whether from falling, hitting the head, playing a contact sport, or incurring a whiplash injury during a motor vehicle accident. Concussions can alter a person's mental state and memory, and commonly cause symptoms, such as headache, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, blurred vision, brain fog, and trouble concentrating. While some concussions can cause a person to become unconscious, this is not typically the case. The professionals at Lawrence Family Practice Center specialize in diagnosing and treating concussions in patients of all ages in Lawrence, KS. If you think you or your child have a concussion, get in touch with us to receive medical attention right away.
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How Are Concussions Diagnosed and Treated?
While concussions can happen to anyone, they are more common in children because their brains are not yet fully developed. Sometimes, the symptoms of a concussion do not develop until several days after the injury. To diagnose a concussion, your physician will learn about your symptoms and check your neurological and cognitive function using several tests. In more severe instances, imaging tests, like MRI or CT scans, can help rule out more serious problems. If you have experienced a concussion, it is generally recommended that you get plenty of rest for the next few days, as well as avoid activities that require mental concentration. Your doctor may also prescribe rehabilitative therapies, such as osteopathic manipulation medicine (OMM) or physical therapy.
Professional Care for Concussions
If you suspect that you have a concussion, whether mild or severe, it's vital to have the issue checked out by a trained medical professional. The expert team at Lawrence Family Practice Center provides thorough exams and individualized treatments for head injuries. To receive timely care for concussions, contact our office in Lawrence, KS to schedule an appointment.