Concussions are the most common type of brain injuries and often happen while playing sports. The experts at Banner Health can help diagnose, treat and manage concussions if you’ve recently experienced one.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that happens when the head is jarred by a variety of causes, such as a blow or fall. Concussions are very common, especially in contact sports. They usually only temporarily disrupt brain functions, but in some cases, concussions can have long-term effects on the brain.
Concussions happen when there’s a bump, jolt or blow to the head. A concussion can also occur without a direct blow to the head and can happen when a fall or blow to the body causes the brain to move suddenly back and forth in the head. This sudden movement causes stretching and damaging of brain cells and chemical changes in the brain.
Signs and symptoms generally show up soon after the injury. However, you may not know how serious the injury is at first and some symptoms may not show up for hours or days. Some of the most common symptoms are dizziness, visual problems and headaches.
Banner Health offers a variety of concussion tests which are performed by our team of clinicians to help determine the extent of your injury.
Banner Health uses advanced technology to help our specialists manage and treat brain problems that result from a concussion.
There are a few misconceptions surrounding concussions. Learn more about common concussion myths and get the truth from the experts at Banner.
While you cannot always prevent a concussion, it’s important to try to reduce the risk of getting a concussion.
Banner’s fellowship-trained doctors provide the most advanced care for evaluating and treating the diagnosis of concussion.