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Concussion Management Questions and Answers

If you have recently sustained a concussion and need help managing it, come to Ramos Center today. Concussions should be taken seriously and addressed right away. For more information, call us today to speak with one of our specialists or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Palmetto FL, Laurel FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Memphis FL, and Cortez FL.

Concussion Management Questions and Answers
Concussion Management Questions and Answers

back and forth due to an external force such as a bump, blow or jolt. Symptoms of concussions can last for weeks, and if not treated properly, can lead to other health complications.

What is Concussion Management?

Concussion is a complex injury that can have overarching consequences for an individual and their family. Concussions have the potential to be a significant burden on public health. In light of this, concussion management is emerging as a growing practice area in many healthcare professions, and research on concussion and its management is evolving rapidly. Research on concussion has primarily been focused on sports-related concussion in children and collegiate athletes. However, concussions can also occur as a result of automobile accidents, falls, high-impact collisions and assault, as well as in conjunction with other injuries. The principles and therapies for management of sport-related concussions may be applied to non-sports-related injuries.

What should you do after a concussion?

Following a concussion, the first 24 to 48 hours are very important, because in some cases, there is potential for a more serious injury that may require immediate medical attention. This could include swelling or bleeding in the brain.

While it is safe to take a nap or sleep after a concussion if there are no other symptoms present such as dilated pupils, difficulty holding conversation or trouble waking, the person with a concussion should be observed closely by an adult for at least 3 hours following the injury. The objective here is to monitor the individual for any signs or symptoms of a worsening condition. This could be indicative of a more serious injury to the brain.

How do doctors at Ramos Center help us manage concussion?

The providers at Ramos Center are trained, qualified and regulated to manage specific post-concussion symptoms and, in order for all potential post-concussion symptoms to be effectively and appropriately managed within legislated scopes of practice, may need to refer to other professionals.

Only the diagnosing healthcare professionals can make a concussion diagnosis. A full diagnosis involves an evaluation of the cause of the injury, current symptom presentation, potential risk factors that may have a negative impact on recovery and clinical history.

In order to address any medical issues and conditions related to or concurrent with concussion, medical assessment must first be made by a physician and/or nurse practitioner. They will take any necessary actions and, when needed, make referrals for medical management and treatment. After consulting with other treating professionals involved in the care of the specific patient, final clearance decisions regarding return to activity, including school, work and sports, can only be made by a physician or a nurse practitioner.

In addition to regulated healthcare professionals, non-regulated professionals or paraprofessionals can also provide care for persons after concussion. There are many community-based organizations that should be considered in addition to professionally provided treatment and management from regulated health care professionals and provide both beneficial information and peer support back and forth due to an external force such as a bump, blow or jolt. Symptoms of concussions can last for weeks, and if not treated properly, can lead to other health complications.

What is Concussion Management?

Concussion is a complex injury that can have overarching consequences for an individual and their family. Concussions have the potential to be a significant burden on public health. In light of this, concussion management is emerging as a growing practice area in many healthcare professions, and research on concussion and its management is evolving rapidly. Research on concussion has primarily been focused on sports-related concussion in children and collegiate athletes. However, concussions can also occur as a result of automobile accidents, falls, high-impact collisions and assault, as well as in conjunction with other injuries. The principles and therapies for management of sport-related concussions may be applied to non-sports-related injuries.

What should you do after a concussion?

Following a concussion, the first 24 to 48 hours are very important, because in some cases, there is potential for a more serious injury that may require immediate medical attention. This could include swelling or bleeding in the brain.

While it is safe to take a nap or sleep after a concussion if there are no other symptoms present such as dilated pupils, difficulty holding conversation or trouble waking, the person with a concussion should be observed closely by an adult for at least 3 hours following the injury. The objective here is to monitor the individual for any signs or symptoms of a worsening condition. This could be indicative of a more serious injury to the brain.

How do doctors at Ramos Center help us manage concussion?

The providers at Ramos Center are trained, qualified and regulated to manage specific post-concussion symptoms and, in order for all potential post-concussion symptoms to be effectively and appropriately managed within legislated scopes of practice, may need to refer to other professionals.

Only the diagnosing healthcare professionals can make a concussion diagnosis. A full diagnosis involves an evaluation of the cause of the injury, current symptom presentation, potential risk factors that may have a negative impact on recovery and clinical history.

In order to address any medical issues and conditions related to or concurrent with concussion, medical assessment must first be made by a physician and/or nurse practitioner. They will take any necessary actions and, when needed, make referrals for medical management and treatment. After consulting with other treating professionals involved in the care of the specific patient, final clearance decisions regarding return to activity, including school, work and sports, can only be made by a physician or a nurse practitioner.

In addition to regulated healthcare professionals, non-regulated professionals or paraprofessionals can also provide care for persons after concussion. There are many community-based organizations that should be considered in addition to professionally provided treatment and management from regulated health care professionals and provide both beneficial information and peer support.

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