Neurosurgery & Pain Management located in Collegeville,, PA & Exton, PA
If you’ve recently suffered a blow to the head and are experiencing headaches, dizziness, or are feeling a little foggy, you may have a concussion. Dr. Sagi Kuznits of Neurosurgical Care has extensive experience in brain and spinal health, and he specializes in the diagnosis and care of concussions. For an evaluation of your symptoms, call his office in Royersford, Pennsylvania, or book an appointment online.
Concussion Q & A
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that is usually caused by a blow to the head or a violent shaking of the upper body. You may or may not lose consciousness from a concussion, and you may not realize you have a brain injury until several days after the event. Concussions are very common in people who play contact sports, such as football and hockey.
While concussions are a serious injury, most people can expect a full recovery.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
Symptoms of a concussion can be subtle, which is why it may sometimes be difficult to detect. Common symptoms include:
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Headache or feeling pressure in your head
- Ringing in your ears
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or brain fog
- Slurred speech or difficulty responding quickly
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light
A concussion may also cause you to forget the traumatic event that caused your head injury, and with a severe head injury, you may have seizures.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Kuznits for an evaluation. This is especially important if you’re an athlete, because you may risk further injury if you resume participation in your sport and you haven’t fully recovered.
How is a concussion treated?
Rest is the most important treatment after suffering a concussion. Your brain requires time to heal, and keeping activities to a minimum will give your brain the time and rest it needs. As your symptoms lessen, you may gradually be able to resume your normal activities.
For head pain, Dr. Kuznits may suggest over-the-counter pain medication. With a severe concussion, you may need to spend time in the hospital for observation, but usually no longer than 24 hours.
If I play sports, how can I prevent concussions?
Dr. Kuznits recommends you wear protective headgear to prevent a concussion. He also recommends that the gear fit properly to provide the most protection.
And if you’ve experienced a concussion while playing, Dr. Kuznits recommends that you not engage in practice or a game until you’ve completely recovered. A second concussion before the first has fully healed may lead to severe brain swelling, which can be deadly.
For management and monitoring of your concussion, call Neurosurgical Care, or book an appointment online.