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Concussion, head injury symptoms and treatment


A fall or hit to the head can take an athlete out of the game or an employee out of work, but it may also lead to a concussion or other traumatic brain injury.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, jolt or blow to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause brain swelling and damage brain cells. An individual may not remember what happened when the injury occurred, may have lost consciousness after the injury or may have other signs and symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion
Symptoms are the same for adults and children.

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Trouble remembering
  • Sleepiness or trouble falling asleep
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness/vertigo
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Loss of balance
  • Poor coordination
  • Weakness
  • Blurred vision or sensitivity to light
  • Slowed reaction times
  • Mood swings, irritability or depression

If you or a loved one suspects a concussion, it is extremely important to have someone monitor the symptoms closely. Any red flag symptoms such as slurred speech, vomiting (two or more times), changes in level of consciousness or uncontrolled headache should be evaluated immediately by calling 911 or going to the nearest hospital emergency room.
When recovering from a traumatic brain injury, it is important to take it slow and follow the guidance of medical providers and concussion experts. Returning to play, learn or work too quickly after a traumatic brain injury can lead to further brain damage and can be life threatening. By working with a specialized concussion care team, the providers will evaluate and guide the patient through the appropriate steps to safely return to their active lifestyle.

For concussion care and symptom management, call Prevea’s concussion care team at (920) 272-3300 or schedule an appointment with a primary care sports medicine physician. The physicians evaluate and coordinate the personalized treatment plan using their medical knowledge and expertise coupled with the use of ImPACT™, the industry-standard assessment technology, to help assess condition and recovery. They are board-certified ImPact™ concussion consultants and leaders in their field.
If further care is needed based on the patient’s symptoms, various specialties within Prevea offer coordinated care through a multidisciplinary team approach, such as primary care, sports medicine, therapy, neurology, audiology and many more.



Specialty services

  • Audiology
    • Comprehensive hearing evaluations
    • Custom hearing protection
    • Electronystagmography (ENG) assessment for balance disorders
    • Hearing aid services and assistive listening device technology 
    • Middle-ear assessment including tympanometry, acoustic reflexes and reflex decay
    • Otoacoustic emission (OAE) assessment
    • Tinnitus assessment, counseling and intervention
  • Behavioral care
    • Anxiety depression adjustment issues; chronic pain
    • Biofeedback
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy
    • Family therapy
  • Neurology
    • Botox® treatment
    • Management of post-concussive headaches
    • Medication management
    • Neurological symptoms
    • Occipital nerve blocks
  • Neuropsychology
  • Occupational low vision therapy
    • Activity and environmental modification instructions
    • Functional reading assessments
    • Functional task light assessment for work/home/school
    • Function glare assessments
  • Family medicine
    • Osteopathic manipulative treatment
  • Physical therapy / vestibular therapy
    • Address neck pain and headache
    • Advanced testing for visual sensory motor testing
    • BPPV testing and treatment
    • Improve balance and gait
    • Improve gaze deficits
    • Improve VOR function
    • Manage concussion symptoms