CONCUSSION CARE IN BUCKS COUNTY
The Sports Medicine Physicians at BCOS Are Here to Help
Concussions are common among athletes, especially those who play full-contact sports. Even if you are not an athlete, you may also find yourself suffering from a concussion as a result of an accident. A concussion is an injury to the brain, often caused by a blow to the head, and is undetectable by CT scans or MRIs. A concussion results from the brain moving back and forth within the skull and can have serious long-term consequences. If you have a concussion or if you think you may have a concussion, it’s important that you seek medical treatment immediately.
To learn more about how to properly treat a concussion, call our concussion specialists today at (215) 918-7845.
Concussions Should Always Be Taken Seriously
Concussions can have far-reaching health consequences. It is important that you know the signs of a concussion so that you can seek appropriate medical treatment for yourself or a loved one. Concussion symptoms can range from physical and emotional symptoms to sleep and cognitive symptoms. If, following a blow to the head, you see any signs of a concussion in yourself or a loved one, you should contact a medical professional right away.
Signs of a possible concussion include:
- Vision changes
- Feeling more emotional than usual
- Changes in sleep behaviors – either sleeping more or less, or having trouble falling asleep
- Difficulties concentrating
- Problems with memory or remembering new things
Recovery time for a concussion typically ranges from 10 to 14 days but may vary depending on the circumstances of your injury. Your history of previous injury or previous concussions can also impact your recovery time. It is important to discuss your concussion care and management with your sports medicine physician to ensure that you have all the information and tools you need for recovery.
My Child Plays Football; Should I Be Worried About Concussions?
If your child plays a full-contact sport like football, it’s important to be aware that concussions may happen. However, there are steps you can take to educate yourself about concussion care and management so that if your child does suffer a concussion, you know what to do and who to call.
Many schools offer baseline Impact testing. Impact testing is a neurocognitive computer test that can be used to measure your child’s cognitive status before and after a concussion. This is a tool that is used to help diagnose a concussion and, though helpful, is only one part of concussion care and it is okay if you do not have an Impact test. In addition to being offered in many local schools, there are also other places where your child can receive this testing. Speak with one of our concussion and sports medicine specialists to learn more about Impact testing and whether or not it is appropriate for your child.
At Bucks County Orthopedic Specialists, we have many sports medicine physicians on staff and we are affiliated with Doylestown Hospital. Our physicians are board certified and highly trained, and we can help you with all of your concussion care needs. Our staff of dedicated healthcare professionals is driven to provide Doylestown, Warrington, and surrounding Bucks County communities with the best possible orthopedic care and concussion management.
Do you have questions about concussions? Call our concussion management physicians in Bucks County at (215) 918-7845.
Read more on the latest developments in concussion care HERE.