Concussion Specialist

SportsSafe -  - Pediatric Concussion Clinic

SportsSafe

Pediatric Concussion Clinics located in Austin, TX

A concussion is a potentially serious injury that can occur because of an impact to the head or body. Children with this condition need prompt treatment and ongoing monitoring to ensure proper healing. The experienced professionals at SportsSafe offer diagnostic services and treatment options for patients with the symptoms of a concussion. Parents in the Austin, Texas area, can make an appointment by contacting SportsSafe today.

Concussion

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What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body that changes the way the brain functions. Concussions can vary in severity, with some patients experiencing minor symptoms and others developing chronic disabilities.

What causes a concussion?

A concussion occurs when a patient’s brain moves rapidly in the skull. This can happen after a hit to the head or a hit to the body that causes head movement. The injury damages cells in the brain and in rare cases can cause bleeding inside the brain.  

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

Some of the symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Headache or pressure in the head
  • Confusion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Vision changes
  • Light or noise sensitivity
  • Dizziness or balance difficulties
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Fatigue or sleep disturbances
  • Fogginess
  • Trouble concentrating or memory loss
  • Emotional changes

How does SportsSafe diagnose a concussion?

When a patient comes in with a possible concussion, the SportsSafe providers will perform a complete neurologic exam.  Additionally, they will gather a detailed history and order any necessary tests to determine whether the patient has a concussive injury.

In most cases, this appointment takes 60-90 minutes to complete.


What treatments are available?

Rest is often the best treatment for a concussion. While the brain heals, the child won’t be able to play sports or participate in any other activity that poses a risk of another injury. Depending on the severity of the condition, children may even need to stay home from school or have shortened school days temporarily. As the concussion heals, children can increase their activity level.


How long does it take to heal from a concussion?

Most children will recover from a concussion completely within 2-4 weeks. However, some children may recover more quickly, while others may need more time to return to normal. SportsSafe will release a child to return to sports and other restricted activities after the child has a normal neurologic exam, a normal neurocognitive exam, and has been free of concussion symptoms for at least 48 hours. Surprisingly, younger children take longer to recover from a concussion that older adolescents and adults.


Do all patients recover?

Most children with a concussion will recover. However, some patients continue to experience symptoms for more than 3 months. This is known as “post-concussive syndrome.” This may last a prolonged amount of time and often requires multidisciplinary care from different specialists.