Rothman Institute is a clinical partner in the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center, in the Navy Yard. Visit this link for more information.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury caused by a force to the head, or direct force to the face, neck, or chest that is transmitted to the head. This force can be linear, rotational, or angular or a combination of the three. These forces cause many chemical changes within the cell which alter thinking and behavior and make the brain more vulnerable to a second impact.
Signs and Symptoms
- Slowed reaction times
- Changes in concentration and attention
- Disturbances in thinking, understanding, learning or remembering
- Visual disturbances
- Sensitivity to light and/or noise
- Nausea / vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Changes in emotion
- Sleeping more or less than usual
Patients suffering from a concussion may exhibit symptoms from one or more of these categories. If you suspect you or a loved one has sustained a concussion, it is important not to take any risks. Contact the Rothman Institute and request a sports-concussion evaluation with one of our specially trained doctors.