What is Concussion?
A concussion is a common but serious traumatic brain injury. It is the result of a direct or indirect force to the head. Even something as simple as a “ding” on the head, having “your bell rung” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
More than 90% of concussions occur without any loss of consciousness.
Signs of concussion that can be observed include:
- Appearing to be dazed or stunned
- Loss of consciousness (even briefly)
- Memory loss
- Moving clumsily
- Slow to answer questions
- Behavior or personality changes
Concussion symptoms frequently reported include:
- Balance deficits
- Sensitivity to light
- Sleep disturbances
- Feeling “foggy”
- Vision problems
It is important to see a physician with specialty training in concussion management if you suspect a concussion may have occurred.
To make an appointment with concussion specialist at St. Charles Hospital's Concussion Management Center, please call (631) 476-6797.
School districts interested in concussion education and/or baseline testing, please call (631) 476-5606.