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What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury with both physical and emotional symptoms. It can be caused by a blow or a jolt to the head. An injury to another part of the body that transmits force to the head can also lead to a concussion.

Concussions can happen to anyone, anywhere — on the road, on the job, or at home. It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete or not – if untreated, a concussion can result in serious, prolonged symptoms. It’s important to seek treatment immediately. If you think you might have a general concussion, contact your primary care provider or call (585) 275-1200 for an evaluation.

A sports concussion is a concussion caused by an athletic incident. You can get a concussion from an accidental hit to the head, a fall, or through normal play, such as head-butting the ball in soccer or volleyball. UR Medicine's Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation providers offer care for recreational and competitive athletes of all ages. If you think you might have a sports concussion, call (585) 275-5321 for an evaluation. 

A pediatric concussion is when a child suffers a concussion. The UR Medicine Pediatric Concussion Program offers comprehensive care for sport-related and non-sport-related pediatric concussions. If your child is between the ages of 8 and 21 and has a sports concussion, call (585) 275-2808. If your child has experienced a general concussion, first contact their primary care provider. 

What are the Symptoms of a Concussion?

Symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty maintaining balance
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Changes in behavior or personality
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Difficulty sleeping

Some symptoms will last only an hour or two while others may last a week or more.

Contact UR Medicine Neurology

Call (585) 275-1200

UR Medicine's Treatments for Concussion

The UR Medicine 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. Every concussion is unique, so our physical therapists will work closely with you to determine the best exercises and activities for your recovery.

What Sets Us Apart?

Because we’re an academic medical center, our expert clinicians also perform research, including groundbreaking work on concussions. For example, UR Medicine took part in the largest sports concussion research project ever, a joint effort between the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense.

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 trust our physicians as their official team doctors.

For pediatric concussions, our Child Neurology division offers state-of-the-art services by nationally known physicians with the highest levels of training and the most regional experience.


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Urgent Care - Spencerport

42 Nichols Street, Suite 1
Spencerport, NY 14559

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building D
4901 Lac De Ville Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14618

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Greece

South Pointe Landing
10 South Pointe Landing, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14626

Urgent Care - Canandaigua

699 South Main Street, Suite 5
Canandaigua, NY 14424-2208

Urgent Care - Newark

800 West Miller Street, Suite 11
Newark, NY 14513-1354

Urgent Care - Wellsville

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main Street, 1st Floor
Wellsville, NY 14895-1150

Urgent Care - Farmington

Thompson Medical Center
1160 Corporate Drive, 1st Floor
Farmington, NY 14425-9534

Urgent Care - Webster

2070 Empire Boulevard, Suite 1
Webster, NY 14580-1917

Urgent Care - Penfield

2134 Penfield Road, Suite 1
Penfield, NY 14526-1736

Urgent Care - Perinton

1669 Pittsford-Victor Road, Suite 100
Victor, NY 14564-9618

Urgent Care - Pittsford

Pittsford Colony Plaza
3400 Monroe Avenue, Suite 16
Rochester, NY 14618-4725

Urgent Care - Geneseo

Noyes Health Services
50 East South Street, 1st Floor
Geneseo, NY 14454-1300

Urgent Care - Hornell

St. James Medical Office Building
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 103
Hornell, NY 14843-9691

Urgent Care - Henrietta

1300 Jefferson Road, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14623-3195

Urgent Care - Greece

2047 West Ridge Road, Suite 1
Rochester, NY 14626-271

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Penfield

Platinum Office Complex
2064 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road
Penfield, NY 14526

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Canandaigua

Canandaigua Commons
699 South Main Street, Suite 3
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Neurology - Rochester

Ambulatory Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, 1st Floor
Rochester, NY 14642

Neurology - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building C
919 Westfall Road, Suite 220
Rochester, NY 14618

Evarts Joint Center - Rochester

Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Webster

Spring Pines Office Park
1672 Empire Boulevard, Building 100
Webster, NY 14580

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Henrietta

Red Creek (Calkins Corporate Park)
500 Red Creek Drive, Suite 130
Rochester, NY 14623

St. James Center for Orthopaedic Care - Hornell

St. James Hospital
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 107
Hornell, NY 14843

Noyes Health Orthopaedics - Geneseo

Specialty Medical Office
50 East South Street, Suite A
Geneseo, NY 14454

Orthopaedic Surgery - Brighton

Surgery Center at Sawgrass
180 Sawgrass Drive
Rochester, NY 14620

Orthopaedic Surgery - Canandaigua

FF Thompson Hospital
350 Parrish Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Orthopaedic Surgery - Dansville

Noyes Memorial Hospital
111 Clara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Orthopaedic Surgery - Rochester

Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Orthopaedic Clinic - Wellsville

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main Street
Wellsville, NY 14895

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