Concussions are sneaky. If you get hit in the head while playing contact sports or in an accident, even if you do not lose consciousness, you could have a concussion.
There is no need to panic however. Most concussions are mild, and the person who sustains one usually makes a full recovery. The key to recovery is finding the right Sports Concussion Clinic in Los Angeles that can help you and determine how much time it will take for your injury to heal properly.
What Exactly is a Concussion?
A traumatic brain injury with effects that are often temporary.
Signs of Concussion:
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Headache or pressure in the head
- Slurred speech
- Ringing in the ears
- Dazed appearance
What Should You Do About It?
If you or your child might have a concussion, it’s important to get help. Sports Concussion Clinics in Los Angeles including the newest, One Neuro Sport, can assess adults and children to get a baseline before playing any sports. This way if you get a concussion, we can assess the damage more easily.
Get an OK Before You Play
Once a concussion is confirmed, no child or adult should return to play until symptoms no longer exist. One Neuro Sports Concussion Clinic can evaluate and manage pediatric and adult concussion and authorize “return to play”. In addition to our concussion services we have a special interest in the unique issues of female concussion.
If you or your child plays sports, the best thing to do is get a baseline assessment before the season starts. Should you have a concussion during the season, it will help determine the length of your recovery timeline.
Acute concussions are basically of shorter duration and the patient returns to regular activities fairly quickly.
When symptoms persist for longer periods of time, these are known as chronic concussions. These are especially prevalent in athletes, particularly younger athletes, since they are at risk of receiving multiple concussions in a short period of time. This can wreak havoc on a developing brain.
Regardless of the type of concussive injury, the primary goal of any Sports Concussion Clinic or neuropsychologist is to return you to your normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.