is a serious injury
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. This condition can be caused by a blow to the head or body and disrupts the brain's normal operation.
It is important to know that:
- No two concussions are the same.
- Concussions are treatable.
- A personalized approach to recovery leads to the best outcome.
Treatment for a concussion is unique for each person and can include balance therapy, vision rehabilitation, physical therapy and active recovery. Specialists within the Novant Health Concussion Care Network work as a team to evaluate and treat concussions and brain injuries. A deep understanding of the injury is essential for developing an effective plan for rehabilitation and recovery.
Our primary care sports medicine physicians have a number of assessment tools and tests to evaluate cognitive function, balance, eye movement and other post-concussion findings. The information gathered during examination helps determine when it is appropriate to return to a normal routine and physical activity. We offer additional neurocognitive testing and advanced imagining options as needed.
Concussion warning signs
Symptoms of a concussion or brain injury may appear immediately or days or weeks after an incident. The warning signs are usually temporary, but damage may be long-term or even permanent.
Symptoms of concussion may include:
- Impaired vision
- Memory loss
- Balance problems
- Loss of consciousness
Whether you are involved in athletics or need to return to work, you can find resources at Novant Health for preventing concussions and information regarding concussion recovery. Our experts partner with organizations and teams to provide screening; conditioning; education for coaches, parents and players; and game-day medical services to keep athletes safe and healthy.