The Only Adult Concussion Clinic in South Denver

soccer players_concussionConcussions are mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI). They’re often thought of only in relation to kids or teenagers, but adults of all ages experience concussions. In fact, people ages 75 and older account for the highest number of TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths of any age group.

Concussions are caused by any type of trauma to the head, such as:

  • A fall that led to hitting the head
  • Motor vehicle collision that caused a head injury or whiplash
  • Sports-related injury that resulted in a blow to the head
  • Assault involving a strike to the head
  • Other head trauma

When trauma occurs, the brain gets jostled around inside the skull. If it gets pushed up against the side of the skull, the brain can bruise, resulting in a concussion. Contrary to popular thought, concussions don’t always result in a person passing out or immediately feeling symptoms. In some cases, symptoms might not develop for weeks or months following a head injury.

Even a mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, can lead to ongoing difficulties with thinking, dizziness, vision, headaches, sleep cycles, and appetite. And having a second concussion before healing from the first is incredibly dangerous, and can result in brain swelling, permanent brain damage and even death. That’s why it’s especially important to seek treatment if your symptoms aren’t going away.

 

Concussion Warning Signs

Some concussions are mild and heal on their own in a few days. Others require treatment. Here are six signs you need medical attention for your head injury:

  1. Symptoms, such as difficulty concentrating or complex thinking, are negatively affecting your performance at school or work and/or interfering with personal relationships.
  2. Someone has mentioned a change in your personality.
  3. You get angry or irritable for no reason.
  4. You get lost or are easily confused.
  5. You have more difficulty than usual making decisions.
  6. Your sleep and/or appetite have changed.

 

Treatments for Adult Concussions

The effects of a head injury don’t always go away with time and can even continue to get worse. If you are having any symptoms of an earlier head trauma—even one that happened months ago—you should be evaluated and treated to regain function and regain your life.

NeursurgeryOne offers the only comprehensive concussion clinic for adults in South Denver. We provide comprehensive care in one location and coordinate all of your care to ensure you have the best chance of a full recovery.

In the NeurosurgeryOne Concussion Clinic, we:

  • Assess concussion side effects
  • Obtain imaging to help confirm the degree to which the brain has been injured at the time of concussion
  • Work with you to create a personalized treatment plan
  • Prescribe physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, as appropriate, to help you achieve your goals
  • Connect you with neuropsychology providers who can help with memory changes, mood disturbances, and learning difficulties

If you’ve sustained a concussion and have symptoms that aren’t getting better, schedule an appointment at the NeurosurgeryOne Concussion Clinic by calling 720.638.7500 or fill out the form to the right and our schedulers will call you.