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What is a Concussion?
A blow or a jolt to the head can cause a concussion. An injury to another part of the body that transmits force to the head can also lead to a concussion.
A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury with both physical and emotional symptoms. Symptoms include:
- Difficulty maintaining balance
- Changes in behavior or personality
- Difficulty concentrating
Some symptoms will last only an hour or two while others may last a week or more.
UR Medicine's Treatments for Concussion
If you think you might have a concussion, you should see your primary care doctor or make an appointment with a physician in our UR Medicine Concussion Program for evaluation as soon as possible.
Our Neurology and Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation teams work together to deliver the latest in medical and surgical care to prevent, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate concussions.
After we review all symptoms and perform an examination, we'll determine if any further tests, such as an MRI scan, are needed.
Treatment may include:
- Balance exercises/activities
- Cervical spine, scapular and postural exercises/activities
- Vestibular exercises/maneuvers to treat dizziness/vertigo
- Aerobic testing to determine tolerance to increased activity
- Exercises/activities specific to a sport, work, or task
We also have physical therapists who can help you return to your normal lifestyle. They will perform a thorough evaluation, looking for concussion symptoms. Every concussion is unique, so our physical therapists work closely with patients to determine the best exercises and activities for them.
What Sets Us Apart?
For sports concussions, UR Medicine Athletic trainers work closely with local high schools and colleges to provide immediate care for injuries during practices or games. They also triage concussions and work with UR Medicine physicians to coordinate care for the athletes. Many local professional sports teams also trust our physicians as their official team doctors.
Because we’re an academic medical center, our expert clinicians also perform research, including groundbreaking work on concussions. We took part in the largest sports concussion research project ever, a joint effort between the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense. That continued a long history of research to find better ways of diagnosing and treating concussions.
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