After a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury, Genesis Neuroscience & Orthopedic Center can help you or your child safely return to athletic activities.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion sometimes follows a blow to the head or a fall. The injury can cause symptoms such as:
- Trouble thinking clearly and concentrating
- Persistent headache
- Blurred vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Irritability, sadness or anxiety
Baseline Concussion Testing
If your child is at least 10 years old, he or she may take a baseline concussion test at participating Zanesville-area schools before starting sports. This 20-minute, computerized exercise measures attention span, memory, problem-solving skills and reaction time.
After a suspected concussion, he or she will retake the test to determine if the head injury affected brain function. The results help health care professionals assess when your child can safely get back to athletic activity.
Responding to Concussion Symptoms
If you suspect a concussion in your child or yourself, stop athletic activity right away and seek medical attention to prevent further injury.
Genesis Neuroscience & Orthopedic Center measures the severity of potential concussions by using a standardized test. Depending on the results, a physical therapist will develop a personalized rehabilitation plan and monitor your or your child’s progress throughout recovery.