Concussions are the most common form of mild traumatic brain injuries. It is important to know that you do not have to loose consciousness, memory, or be unable to function to have sustained a concussion injury. Because every concussion is different, it is important to look for the signs and symptoms when you have experienced a heavy blow, jolt, or bump to the head and follow up with a health care provider that is trained in concussion management. Concussions not only happen in sports but from other injuries like car accidents or slips and falls.
Having a baseline concussion screening is one of the best ways to prepare for a concussion (especially for those at risk like playing "contact sports"). Some of the most common signs and symptoms of concussion include:
• Sensitivity to light or sound
• Loss of balance or coordination
• Change in behavior or mood
• Changes to sleep patterns
• Fatigue easily
• Memory troubles
Dr. McCleary has had many hours of additional training in concussion management. She has also worked on the sidelines for various contact sports including football, martial arts, BMX, and boxing. Dr. McCleary will use her training and expertise to offer a return to play strategy that leans on the best conservative health care options.She will also refer out to other area specialist when necessary. Call for more information about how you can schedule a baseline or post-injury concussion screening today.