Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) that's caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head.  Concussion can also result from a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.

The injury from impact can temporarily disrupt normal functioning of the brain and can affect how your brain cells work.  Although concussions are described as mild traumatic brain injuries, the effects can be very serious and have a long-lasting impact on a person's health and functioning.

Concussions are a "functional" brain injury, not a "structural" injury.  That means it is a real injury that affects how the brain works, but those effects are not seen on x-rays, CT scans or MRI.  Someone does not have to lose consciousness to have suffered a concussion. 

There are more than 3 million concussions yearly in the United States.  Most concussions are sports or work related, although they can also be caused by falls or accidents.

Concussions can be treated, but they require a good diagnosis and recovery plan.


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Symptoms of Concussion May Include:

  • Headache / Pressure in the Head

  • "Not Feeling Right"

  • Nervousness or Anxiety

  • Drowsiness / Trouble Falling Asleep

  • Sleeping More Than Usual

  • Dizziness / Vertigo

  • Slow Responses

  • Irritability

  • Low Energy / Fatigue

  • Nausea

  • Poor Memory

  • More Emotional than Usual

  • Feeling Slowed Down

  • Sensitivity to Light or Noise

  • Poor Concentration

  • Sadness

  • Balance Problems

  • Looking "Dazed"


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How are Concussions Treated?

The first step to treating a concussion is making an accurate diagnosis that a concussion has occurred.  Affinity Sports Medicine offers a comprehensive concussion evaluation, including computerized neurocognitive testing with ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussions Assessment and Cognitive Testing) to obtain the best diagnosis possible.

 We work closely with coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, educators and family to achieve the best treatment results.

If you think you or a loved one has suffered from a concussion, please call right away.

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