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Concussion Specialist

Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute

Neurosurgeons located in Tulsa, Sallisaw, & Claremore, OK

Any bump, jolt, or blow to the head may cause a concussion, which is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Whether mild or severe, any type of concussion requires a medical evaluation. The experienced team of neurosurgeons at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute in Tulsa, Sallisaw, and Claremore, Oklahoma, takes a patient-centered approach to the management of a concussion. The team offers state-of-the-art services and technology to diagnose and treat your concussion. For expert concussion care, call the office nearest you today.

Concussion Q & A

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that affects normal brain function. You may develop a concussion from a blow to the head after a fall or other type of injury. Violent shaking of the head or upper body may also lead to a concussion.

Though any injury or accident may lead to a concussion, you may be at greater risk of developing a TBI if you participate in a high-risk sport such as football or hockey. Children and the elderly, who are more susceptible to falls, are also at a greater risk of developing a concussion. 

What are concussion symptoms?

Concussion symptoms may be subtle and go unnoticed. They may also develop long-after the inciting injury.

Common concussion symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue

If you took a blow to the head and you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute right away to schedule an evaluation. 

Even a mild concussion can lead to permanent brain damage if not properly diagnosed and treated. 

How is a concussion diagnosed?

The skilled neurosurgeons at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute take a patient-centered approach to care and conduct a comprehensive evaluation when you come in with concerns about a concussion.

During the exam, your provider reviews your symptoms and the underlying cause of your head injury. Then, they perform a physical, neurological, and cognitive exam.

They may also request diagnostic tests to further evaluate the severity of your concussion, such as bloodwork, MRI, or CT scan. 

How is a concussion treated?

Treatment for your concussion focuses on healing the TBI. The specifics of your treatment plan depend on the severity of your injury.

Your provider develops individualized treatment plans that may include physical and mental rest, which could involve no exercise, reading, or scrolling through social media. 

Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute schedules regular follow-up appointments to reassess your mental and cognitive health and adjust your treatment plan to include more activities as your brain heals.

A concussion is a serious TBI that requires attentive medical care. Contact Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute by phone to get the help you need.