Concussion Management in Milwaukee, Wis.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal brain function and causes temporary cognitive and physical problems. Concussions need medical evaluation, whether from a certified athletic trainer, sports medicine physician, primary care physician or emergency room physician. If concussions are not properly treated, complications can result, including permanent damage.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur each year. At Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, our experienced and dedicated team of sports medicine physicians, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists and neuropsychologists provide the highest quality care when athletes are sidelined due to a suspected concussion.
Concussions usually happen with an impact to the head or body — a blow, bump or jolt. Because of the sudden change of direction or speed, the brain continues to move while the rest of the head doesn’t. The result is a stretching of neurons and other microscopic damage to the brain.
Keep a close watch for the signs and symptoms of a concussion. Accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment will give you the best possible outcome.
Download a concussion fact sheet for reference.
- Most concussions DO NOT involve a loss of consciousness.
- Concussions can result from any sport or activity.
- If you have had one concussion, you are at significantly higher risk of having another. Symptoms are worse with each additional concussion.
- MRIs and CT scans cannot diagnose a concussion.
- Adolescents get concussions more often and take longer to heal than adults.
- 40% of teens admit to lying about their concussion symptoms.