Concussion: Doctors, Symptoms and Treatments

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a complex brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. It can occur from a blow or collision to the head/body, or when the upper body is shaken violently during activity. ALL injuries should be evaluated by trained professionals and/or medical personnel, and baseline testing should be conducted to establish brain function prior to a concussion. At Seaview Orthopaedics, we have Certified ImPACT Consultants (CICs) through ImPACT (the number one software) used to establish baseline testing for athletes.

Meet Our Concussion Management Specialists

Dr. Andrew L. Nelson is a fellowship-trained Sports Medicine physician and board-certified Internal Medicine physician who specializes in non-surgical orthopedics, concussion management, sports performance, and training/exercise reviews. Dr. Martik Tahmasian is a fellowship-trained and board-certified Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician, also specializing in non-surgical orthopedics, sports injuries, and concussion management.

If you believe you have suffered a concussion, and are looking to be evaluated, be sure to fill out our concussion referral form and then schedule an appointment with one of our Certified ImPACT Consultants today. Dr. Nelson and Dr. Tahmasian practice at all six of our Seaview Orthopaedics locations.

Fill Out Our Concussion Evaluation Referral Form

  • A concussion is a complex brain injury that alters the way your brain functions.
  • A concussion can occur from a blow to the head/body, when the upper body is shaken violently, helmet to helmet contact or even another athlete.
  • Most concussions do not involve loss of consciousness, which misleads people to feel they do not have a concussion and might pass it off as “A bump on the head”
  • The severity of a concussion is not fully known until the symptoms resolve and brain function returns to normal. Patients with this type of injury need time and rest to heal properly.
  • All concussions are not created equally. Each person and injury is different. ALL injuries should be evaluated by trained professionals and/or medical personnel.

Concussion Symptoms

Concussion symptoms may be immediate or delayed in onset by hours or sometimes even days after the injury. A few common concussion symptoms are:

  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Amnesia
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Balance problem
  • Irritability or personality changes
  • Dizziness
  • Concentration
  • Sensitivity to noise and light
  • Confusion or “in a fog”
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Double/fuzzy vision
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Ringing in ears
  • Feeling more emotional
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Change in normal speech

Concussion Baseline Testing

Baseline Testing should be done on every athlete (in most sports) yearly. Every concussion is different. In order to know the severity, you need a baseline. Baseline Testing helps us learn how your brain works before a concussion. We will have a better understanding of your Reaction Time, Memory Capacity, Speed of Mental Processing, and Functioning of the brain.

Our concussion management specialists stay current with the latest advancements in the diagnosis & treatment of concussions. Have peace of mind knowing your care is being managed by experts in the field.

Concussion Treatments & Speaking in New Jersey

Our Seaview Orthopaedics physicians provide educational seminars to sports teams and organizations about concussions.

To schedule an appointment, please call 732-660-6200, or submit your request for a speaker to [email protected].

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