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Dr. William Singer
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Concussion (Overview)

An injury to the brain usually caused by trauma. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, altered mental status, and headaches.


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What sort of disease is a concussion?

What sort of disease is a concussion?

Brain injury: A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. Mild in that there is not typically any visible (with an MRI or ct) evidence of structural injury. The injury is at the microscopic (cell/molecular level). Seen with falls, car wrecks or in sports, they often result in headaches, memory loss, feeling "in a fog, " nausea/vomiting, dizziness & can be associated with long-term effects like depression. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
802 Doctors shared insights

Concussion (Overview)

An injury to the brain usually caused by trauma. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, altered mental status, and headaches.


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Can you tell me how long does concussion last?

Can you tell me how long does concussion last?

Few weeks to a year: Some people will have concussion resolve within a few hours. However, for many symptoms will last for several weeks, months to as long as a year. ...Read more

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Concussion (Tip)

Most concussion get better in two weeks. Younger people usually take longer than adults. ...See more

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Treating a Concussion (Checklist)

Have your physician assess your neck for injury and check for paraspinal spasms
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Avoid activities where a second concussion can occur until your have resolved your condition
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Practice cognitive rest until symptoms resolve
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Go back to your physician one week after your concussion for a follow up
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I can't think clearly. Is this a symptom of concussion?

Possibly: Concussions typically occur after a head injury. At times, head injuries can be minor and we might not think much of them. If your confusion worsens or you develop other symptoms, you should get checked out. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of concussion?

Altered awareness: The concussed person is an unreliable historian. Most often they want to get back into the game and will negate their symptoms so they can continue playing. We, in florida, are moving to hold concussed players out for at least a week to measure (as best we can) their injury. ...Read more

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Concussion (Tip)

Your symptoms should improve with time. If you feel like you are getting worse, contact your physician. ...See more

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Signs of concussion ?

4 major symptoms: People who are concussed have problems in one or more areas:
thinking (foggy, slow, poor concentration, trouble learning) body (headache, blurry vision, nausea, light/sound sensitivity, fatigue) mood (irritability, sadness, nervousness) sleep (trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, increased sleep) if you think you have a concussion, rest and see your doctor. ...Read more

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19 yr old with four concussions and mctd. Can one it both diagnosis cause changes in school and decision making?

See below: Prednisone can alter one's mood which can affect decision making especially if it makes one manic.

However; concussion do affect brain function. ...Read more

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Concussion (Tip)

Total brain rest is the key to recovery...Including no "screen time.". ...See more

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How do you diagnose a concussion?

How do you diagnose a concussion?

Symptoms & exam: Concussions are diagnosed by a pattern of symptoms after a blow to the head. Some doctors also use a computerized test to evaluate brain function. Typical symptoms are headaches, dizziness, poor sleep, grumpiness, and sensitivity to light and sounds. More symptoms are possible, depending upon the area of the brain affected. Examining the injured helps. Ct & MRI scans do not show concussions. ...Read more

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Motorcycle accident & ctscan 3wks ago normal have symptoms of dizzy cloudy ears ringing headache anxiety what type of test do they do for concussions?

Motorcycle accident & ctscan 3wks ago normal have symptoms of dizzy cloudy ears ringing headache anxiety what type of test do they do for concussions?

Neurological exam: A good neurological examination to document and track the symptoms and findings-particularly with the dizziness. This will be useful to follow for improvement which should occur over the next several weeks. Also the examination of the ears (tympanic membranes) to ensure there are no signs of blood or fluid behind the eardrum that can contribute to the symptoms. ...Read more

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Concussion (Tip)

Don't take narcotic medication. Anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen tend to work better. ...See more

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What are the tests for concussion?

What are the tests for concussion?

Interview, talking.: Often the concussed will answer questions in a way that helps you to know they have a concussion.Ask about where they are, who you are, where they are, what day it is etc. You will be surprised in how messed up the concussed person is in the immediate injury period. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a concussion? I face planted very hard while snowboarding. I had a helmet on, but it slid back a bit when I fell. No loss

How do you know if you have a concussion? I face planted very hard while snowboarding. I had a helmet on, but it slid back a bit when I fell. No loss

CONCUSSION: To concus means 'to shake violently'; which is what happens to the brain when the head or trunk is violently impacted. This violent event causes brain injury at the cellular level, which is why symptoms and recovery are vary from person to person. The key to recovery is close follow up with a provider knowledgeable in the concussion who'll monitor symptoms & neurocognitive test results. ...Read more

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Concussion (Tip)

Do rest, come out of a game don't return to a game if you have symptoms. ...See more

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Does involuntary, rapid eye movements mean it's possibly concussion related?

Most concussion is: Related to trauma or trauma history. If you've had no trauma, and rapid eye movement, it depends if it's causing you to not see or read clearly. Have your PCP check first, and then recommend seeing an eye doctor to see what is going on. Usually rapid eye movement is not related to trauma is the bottom line. ...Read more

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Concussion (Tip)

Take lots of naps. Resting your brain will help you feel clearer and have less headaches. ...See more

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What is the best way to treat a head concussion?

What is the best way to treat a head concussion?

Drink Fluids: Make sure to drink fluids and get some rest. ...Read more

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How can you treat vomiting caused by a concussion?

How can you treat vomiting caused by a concussion?

Go to the ER: Vomiting after a head injury may indicate something more serious like a bleed in the brain and is a medical emergency. If you have had a ct scan and there is not a bleed, then nausea and vomiting following a concussion can be treated with anti-vomiting medications such as Zofran or phenergan (promethazine). ...Read more

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Can vertigo be treated/ cured? Symptoms last for a week or more and episodes occur every 4-6 weeks. Have had two concussions in the past, related?

Vertigo: First, probably not related to past concussion if awhile ago though that is important information. Need to determine what is causing your symptom. May be an ear problem, may be something else non ear related. If a cause can be identified it is treatable usually. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for a concussion?

What's the treatment for a concussion?

Rest: Rest and avoid nsaids. Refrain from any activity where you risk a second head injury while still recovering from the first. See your doc and if symptoms last longer than a week, or worsen at any point, you should be re evaluated. ...Read more

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My son who is 5 has plagiocephaly. He now get concussions sometimes when he falls. Any treatments to help him?

My son who is 5 has plagiocephaly. He now get concussions sometimes when he falls. Any treatments to help him?

Helmet, but??: Plagiocephaly traditionally refers to a positional assymetry of the skull not associated with early closure of the cranial sutures (seams in the skull). It does not increase the child's risk for any other problems. It does not increase the risk for concussion after a fall. You used the term concussions (plural). Please discuss this with your doctorA child who has multiple concussions is at a higher risk for permanent problems. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of dizziness after concussion?

What do I do to get rid of dizziness after concussion?

Depends: The effects of concussions can vary and be unpredictable. It depends on the severity of the injury. The best thing is to give your brain complete rest. The more strain you place on your brain while it is attempting to heal, the more likely it is to slow down the healing process. ...Read more

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My friend fell on ice in the winter a few months ago and was told she has a concussion. She still gets big headaches is this normal?

Concussion headaches: It is possible and quite common to get headaches after a concussion, but there are more serious possibilities. Your friend needs an evaluation by an experienced neurologist to assess for other problems. If a CT scan was not obtained at the time of the concussion, then a scan may be indicated in the face of persistent or worsening headaches. If an initial scan was normal that may not be needed. ...Read more

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I started having myoclonic seizures at 4 years old until 10 years old. Did not start having them again until age 36. I then had 3 seizures in one year of which 1 put me in icu with severe concussion and laceration to back of head. Am I considered an epile

I started having myoclonic seizures at 4 years old until 10 years old. Did not start having them again until age 36. I then had 3 seizures in one year of which 1 put me in icu with severe concussion and laceration to back of head. Am I considered an epile

Yes.: Across subtypes of childhood myoclonic epilepsy, many patients have an underlying genetic cause for their seizures. Despite advances in identifying causes of epilepsy, for most cases of infantile & early childhood myoclonic epilepsy, no clear etiology will be found despite an appropriate workup. Overall prognosis associated with myoclonic epilepsy in childhood depends on the underlying etiology. ...Read more

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How can you reduce the risk of concussion?

Prevent hitting head: Concussions are caused by trauma to your brain. Avoiding activities which involved hitting you head is the best prevention. Wearing a seat belt or using a car seat when driving are important. Likewise, wearing proper helmets for motor sports, contact sports, riding a horse or skiing will minimize chance of concussion. In the home remove tripping hazards and install handrails. ...Read more