Concussion Services Offered In Eatontown, NJ
A concussion is a brain injury that can vary greatly in severity. Visit Dr. A. R. Scopelliti at Monmouth Functional Neurology Center in Eatontown, New Jersey, if you suffer a head injury. Dr. Scopelliti offers specialized diagnosis and treatment that helps your brain heal and prevents life-threatening complications. Call Monmouth Functional Neurology Center or request an appointment online today to receive a prompt, expert concussion evaluation.
Concussion Q & A
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI), sometimes known as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). It develops after a blow to the head or movement that causes your brain to move rapidly inside the skull, colliding with the bone. Auto accidents and contact sports are the most common causes of concussions.
Concussion causes an alteration in mental functioning that may or may not follow a loss of consciousness. Symptoms include:
- Imbalance (dysequilibrium)
- Brain fog
- Nausea and vomiting
Young children with concussions may be tired, listless, or irritable. They may play differently or behave out of character at school, lose interest in their favorite toys and activities, and abandon newly learned skills, such as toilet training. They might cry continually and stop eating or nursing.
What problems does concussion cause?
People with concussions often look fine or think they’re unharmed following a head injury. But brain damage can lead to various problems, such as:
- Blurred or double vision
- Eye fatigue
- Loss of smell or taste
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Difficulty remembering, focusing, or decision-making
- Slowed thinking, speaking, and actions
- Getting lost or disoriented
- Constant tiredness
- Lacking energy or motivation
- Mood swings
- Difficulties reading
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Increased light and/or sound sensitivity
More severe problems arising from concussions include memory loss (amnesia), altered personality, focal neurological deficits (nerve, spinal cord, or brain function abnormalities), and cognitive loss. Concussions may sometimes lead to lasting neurological function impairment, coma, and death.
These problems may not appear for days, weeks, or even months after your brain injury. It’s important to seek medical attention after a TBI, even if you don’t feel concussed, to ensure you don’t suffer any of these problems.
How is a concussion treated?
Concussion treatment can vary widely. Often, the condition resolves over time without treatment, but some patients require extensive interventions ranging from specialized rehabilitation to complicated neurosurgery. The treatments Dr. Scopelliti offers largely depend on your concussion symptoms and clinical exam findings.
Dr. Scopelliti is postdoctoral fellowship-trained in TBI and concussion. The techniques he uses focus on neurological and vestibular rehabilitation therapy. Before beginning any therapies, he performs a comprehensive series of neurological exams to create the most exacting treatment plan.
Call Monmouth Functional Neurology Center to arrange a consultation or book an appointment online today for expert concussion diagnosis and treatment.