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General Concussion

Concussions can happen to anyone, anywhere — on the road, on the job, or at home. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete or not – if untreated, a concussion can result in serious, prolonged symptoms. Recovery is linked to early evaluation and treatment.

What To Expect

Some concussion symptoms will only last an hour or two and others may last a week or more. If you have a suspected concussion, you should see your doctor or make an appointment with a physician in our Concussion Program for further evaluation as soon as possible.

If you are suspected to have suffered a concussion, you may be referred to one of the UR Medicine Concussion physicians. After we review all symptoms and perform an examination, we'll determine if any further tests, such as a CT scan, are necessary.

Because concussions may be treated in a variety of ways, our physicians will develop the most appropriate care plan. Our physicians have a long history of clinical and translational research with concussion patients and continue to actively research better ways to diagnose and treat the condition.

Examples of tests that may be performed include:

  • Evaluation of balance using the Balance Error Scoring
  • Evaluation of dizziness with Vestibulo-oculomotor screen (VOMS)
  • Advanced brain imaging with MRI, susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)

Concussion Facts & Guidelines