Concussion Care

Concussions are common, especially in contact sports, but they’re also a type of brain injury, and should be taken seriously.

Oklahoma's experts in concussion care.

More Than Just a Bump on the Head

A concussion is a serious head injury, and early diagnosis and treatment are critical. You don't have to be an NFL quarterback to suffer a concussion, so if you've hit your head in a fall, been in a car accident, or been hit in the head on the job, you might be suffering from a brain injury called a concussion. At INTEGRIS Health, you can expect top-notch medical care from a team of highly-skilled, board certified neurologists who are supported by a friendly and professional staff.

We provide diagnosis, treatment and management for concussions and we work closely with your primary care physician, dedicated to one common goal – to improve your health. The specialists at INTEGRIS Health are experts in diagnosing and treating mild to severe concussions in adults and young people. We assess your symptoms and develop an optimized treatment plan to help your brain heal so memory and cognitive functioning are fully restored – minimizing the chances of a second concussion.

What Are the Symptoms of a Concussion?

The following symptoms may occur right away. But some may not start for weeks or even months after the injury.

  • Headache
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Trouble thinking normally
  • Memory problems
  • Trouble walking
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Fatigue
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in sleep patterns

When Should I Call My Doctor?

Call your doctor right away or go to the emergency room if you or someone else loses consciousness after a bump to the head or if any of these occur:

  • Headache that gets worse and does not go away
  • Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Feeling very confused
  • Feeling very drowsy
  • Convulsions or seizures

These could be signs of a serious condition that needs treatment right away.

Concussion Prevention

You can take a number of steps to help reduce your risk for a concussion or prevent it in your children:

  • Wear a seat belt every time you're in a motor vehicle.
  • Make sure your children use the proper safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt.
  • Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Wear a helmet for activities such as riding a bike or motorcycle, playing contact sports, skiing, horseback riding, and snowboarding.
  • Reduce your risk for falls by eliminating clutter in your home, removing slippery area rugs, and installing grab bars in the bathroom if needed, especially for older adults.
  • Never work on a ladder if you feel dizzy or lightheaded. Alcohol can make you dizzy. Some medicines also can make you dizzy or affect your balance.
  • Have your vision checked at least once a year. Poor vision can increase your risk for falls and other types of accidents.

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