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Concussion Specialists

Sports Medicine Oregon

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Tigard, OR & Wilsonville, OR

Concussions are prevalent sports injuries — as many as 3.8 million recreation-related concussions occur annually in the United States. If you experienced a head injury and have persistent headaches, dizziness, or nausea, make an appointment with the skilled orthopedists at Sports Medicine Oregon in Tigard and Wilsonville, Oregon. The team offers expert diagnosis and treatment to help you recover and return to your regular activities safely. Call Sports Medicine Oregon today or schedule a consultation online.

Concussion Q&A

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a common brain injury that temporarily impacts brain function. A direct blow to the head from a collision during sports, falling, and being involved in an automobile accident are the most common causes of concussions. 

When you receive the blow to your head, the force makes your brain shift back and forth in your skull. Depending on the severity of the trauma, your brain can bruise from the impact against the inside of your skull. 

What are the signs of a concussion?

Concussion symptoms vary depending on the severity of your injury. Some of the prevalent signs of a concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion and reduced concentration
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Dizziness
  • Balance impairment
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Memory loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Trouble falling asleep

You should make an appointment for immediate medical attention if your symptoms worsen or if you have seizures, lose consciousness, or slurred speech.

If you’ve had concussions in the past, you should also seek immediate medical attention.
 

How are concussions diagnosed?

The Sports Medicine Oregon team provides thorough exams and testing to assess potential concussions. 

Your provider reviews your symptoms, the details of your head injury, and your medical history. They look into your eyes and may perform some neurological function tests for your balance and coordination.

How are concussions treated?

Rest is the most effective treatment for a concussion. As these injuries cause physical and mental symptoms, you need to rest your brain as well as your body. That means avoiding or limiting work, reading, television, and video games. 

You also need to avoid vigorous physical activities, especially those that could result in another head injury, until your doctor says it’s safe to return to sports. 

With proper rest, concussion symptoms should subside within 14-21 days. If they persist or worsen, make an appointment at Sports Medicine Oregon right away. 

The Sports Medicine Oregon team recommends having routine follow-up appointments so the team can monitor you for post-concussive syndrome. Some people have persistent problems with mood swings, personality changes, headaches, fatigue, and dizziness for several months. 

Call Sports Medicine Oregon today or make an appointment online today for expert concussion treatment.