Concussions Specialist

The Rehab Doctors

Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & Board Certified in Sports Medicine located in Rapid City, SD

Traumatic brain injuries such as concussions are a leading cause of disability and death in America today. But, if you seek care from the physical medicine and rehabilitation experts at The Rehab Doctors promptly, you can take steps to heal fully and without lasting effects. Call the Rapid City, South Dakota, office to arrange an appointment, or use the online appointment scheduler to book your assessment now.

Concussions Q & A

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a common kind of traumatic brain injury. Concussions occur when you hit your head, suffer a blow to the head, or have an accident that triggers rapid sharp head movement. 

The sudden motions that happen when you’re in a car collision, sports accident, or another kind of trauma can move your brain around in an abnormal way. That can change the way your brain functions and may cause brain cell damage. Concussions can also cause bleeding in your brain. 

Is a concussion a serious injury?

Many concussions are considered mild, which means they’re not life-threatening. However, they’re still serious injuries in terms of how they can affect your body. With proper rehabilitation, you can recover fully from a concussion. But, untreated, a concussion could potentially be deadly. 

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

If you experience one or more of the following symptoms after an accident, it may be a concussion:

  • Headache
  • Double vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Balance issues
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Extreme tiredness or feeling like you’re in a haze
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Memory lapses

In others, some signs of concussion to watch for are:

  • Slow and clumsy movements
  • Unable to remember what happened before or after an accident
  • Forgetfulness
  • Slow response time
  • Fainting
  • Behavior or mood changes

If you feel like something just isn’t right but can’t quite put your finger on it, whether it’s you or someone else, it may be because of brain changes related to a concussion. Don’t hesitate to see The Rehab Doctors for a prompt assessment. 

How do you treat concussions?

The Rehab Doctors’ team performs a comprehensive evaluation to determine exactly what type of damage you have, and then design an individualized rehabilitation plan for you. Concussion treatment focuses on physical and mental rest for a prescribed period, followed by therapy to restore full function.

Don’t let a concussion cause permanent brain damage or disability. The Rehab Doctors can help, so call the office or click the online appointment maker to get started now.