A concussion can happen in an instant with a blow to the head or body. When the force causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth in the skull, it can change how the brain cells work and cause a variety of side effects. A concussion can happen even when a helmet is worn.
Recognizing the symptoms of a concussion can improve recovery and prevent long-term health problems and additional injury. The most common symptoms of a concussion include:
- Headache or head pressure
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Feeling off balance
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Feeling foggy, slow or tired
- Difficulty with attention or concentration
- Changes in mood or personality
Have you or a loved one suffered a concussion?
It’s important to seek an evaluation by a physician trained in concussion assessment and management. The evaluation will include a neurological examination. A head CT or MRI may or may not be recommended, as they are not always useful for the evaluation of concussions. Most concussion patients recover quickly with the proper care.
Through the Northwell Health Concussion Program, we offer comprehensive concussion management services, including:
- Consultation – Our physicians practice evidence-based concussion management guidelines for patients of all ages and all injuries.
- Neuropsychology consultation and neurocognitive testing – We provide assessment and treatment for cognitive and/or emotional difficulties that may occur following a concussion, such as difficulty with concentration and remembering, anxiety and depression.
- Vestibular and balance rehabilitation – Vestibular therapy can help improve dizziness and restore balance and coordination.
- Physical therapy – Agility and performance can be maximized with physical therapy as part of recovery in certain athletes.
- Return to school protocol management – Our specialists work with students and provide appropriate accommodations for school to ensure help is provided where needed.
- Return to play protocol management – Our specialists communicate with athletic teams and schools to ensure that return to play is done correctly and safely.
- Return to participation – Work and Leisure – Our specialists assist with improving function and reintegration into work and daily activities.
To enter the concussion program, you must obtain an evaluation by a physician. Please call (855) 510-5110 to request an appointment.