What is Concussion?

A concussion is a common but serious 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 that can be observed include:

  • Appearing to be dazed or stunned
  • Loss of consciousness (even briefly)
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Moving clumsily
  • Slow to answer questions
  • Behavior or personality changes 

Symptoms frequently reported include:

  • Headache
  • Balance deficits
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • 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.

St. Charles Hosptial's comprehensive approach to concussion treatment focuses on achieving a full recovery and safe "return to play" or physical activity.

If you wish to make an appointment to be treated at St. Charles Hospital's Concussion Management Center, please call (631) 476-4323.

School districts interested in concussion education and/or baseline testing, please call (631) 476-5606.




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