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CarrollHospitalCenter.org5WhatisaconcussionandhowisitcausedAconcussionisatypeotraumaticbraininjuryBIthatisusuallycausedbyablowtotheheadbutcanalsooccurromaccelerationorceswithoutadirectimpact.ypicallyaconcussionisclassifedasamildBIwithoutstructuralbraindamageandusuallyisnotliethreatening.Howevertheeectscanbedebilitating.Concussionsaremostotenseenincontactsportathletessuchasootballlacrosseandhockeybutalsocommonlyoccurwithallsandmotorvehicleaccidents.WhataresignsthatapersonmayhaveaconcussionCommonsignsincludeheadachedizzinessnausealossoconcentrationeelingoutoitorinaogeelingsloweddowneelingemotionalorirritablesleepdistur-bancesensitivitytolightornoiseandbalanceproblems.Sometimespeopledontrecognizeoradmitthattheyarehavingproblems.Symptomsmayalsobecomplicatedbypre-existingmedicalconditionssuchasmigrainesattentiondefcithyperactivitydisorderlearningdisabilitiesdepressionoranxiety.IsymptomsacutelyworsensuchasworseningheadachenauseavomitingamnesiaorvisionchangesseekimmediatemedicalattentionasaCscanothebrainmaybeneededtoruleoutastructuralbleedinthebrainthatcanbeliethreatening.WhatisthetreatmentforaconcussionWhatmeasurescanbetakentopreventconcussionsTetreatmentoraconcussionisrestromphysicalandcognitiveactivity.Tereisalotostimulationintodaysworldotechnologysoitisveryimportanttoavoidphoneuseincludingtextingcomputersvideogamesandtelevision.Itisalsoimportanttoavoidnoisyandcrowdedenvironments.Tisotenincludesremovalromworkorschoolandputtingohomeworkthatcanexacerbatesymptoms.Mostconcus-sionstendtoresolvewithintwoweeksbutitmaytakelongerdependingontheseverityandageothepatient.Restingateraconcussioniskeytoaquickerrecoveryasstimulationduringtherecoveryphasemaycausesymptomstolinger.ohelppreventconcussionswearaseatbelteverytimeyouenteramotorvehicleavoidallhazardsuseproperhittingtechniquesandwearhelmetgearwhenparticipatinginsportsthatareatahigherriskorheadinjuriesoralls.Keepinmindhoweverthathelmetswillnotcompletelyprotectoneromaconcussioninjurybutitmaylessentheblowandseverityotheheadinjury.ConcussionsKnowtheWarningSignsJessicaWertzD.O.ofCarrollHealthGroupOrthopaedicsexplainshowconcussionsarecausedtheirwarningsignsandtreatmentandpreventionmeasures.Dr.Wertzisafamilymedicinephysicianwhospecializesinsportsmedicine.SheseespatientsinWestminsterandReisterstown.TomakeanappointmentwithDr.Wertzpleasecall410-871-8081ReisterstownandVillageSquareWestminsteror410-871-0088844ProfessionalCenterWestminster.