Concussion, also known as minor traumatic brain injury is the sudden and temporary loss or disturbance in nerve cell function of the brain that occurs as a result of a blow or an injury to the head. It is common among school children between the age of 8 and 13 who are involved in playing sports such as football, ice hockey, snow skiing, and bicycling.
Usually, concussions may be mild and does not result in long-term damage but repeated concussion can cause permanent brain damage. This condition can become life threatening if blood accumulates in the skull.
Some of the most common symptoms of concussion include loss of consciousness, mild to moderate headache or feeling of pressure in the head, difficulty in remembering things, slurred speech, difficulty in thinking and making decisions, lack of concentration, and feeling confused and dazed.
Your pediatrician will ask you about the incidence of head injury and symptoms observed. The doctor may also ask some basic questions to assess the child’s level of consciousness. In addition he may perform other tests such as physical examination, neurological examination, scanning procedures such as X-ray, CT and MRI. Concussions can be evaluated using ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), a computerized test that measures various cognitive functions of athletes, including sustained and selective attention time, attention span, working memory, response variability, reaction time, and non-verbal problem solving. The doctor may also order computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) test to identify impairments in balance and stability with regard to sensory and motor control.
The main treatment for concussion is complete rest from physical and mental activities. Children must be avoided from playing sports. Condition may improve gradually and check with physician before your child returns to sports activities.
Our licensed audiologists perform ImPACT and CDP testing to help our trained physicians determine the safest return to play timing.
If you wish to be advised on the most appropriate treatment, please call the appropriate location to schedule an appointment.