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WHAT IS A CONCUSSION SPECIALIST?

A concussion specialist is a healthcare provider who has completed special training in concussion diagnosis and management. Not every doctor is a concussion specialist, so it is important that you find one who you can trust with your brain health. While this can be a primary care physician or an urgent care doctor, it is important to find someone who has completed concussion-specific training.

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WHY SEE A CONCUSSION SPECIALIST?

If you are concerned you have a concussion, a concussion specialist can bring you peace of mind. They have been trained to recognize concussion symptoms and recommend concussion treatment specific to your case. Concussion specialists know that every concussion is different and that they should be treated based on each patient's needs. They don't just treat sports concussions, because they know that there are many other causes: falls, car accidents, and many other non-sport injuries.

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WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY APPOINTMENT?

Concussions normally do not show up on a CT scan or MRI, so your concussion specialist will use several other tools to diagnose a concussion and recommend a tailored treatment. These include:

  • Balance screening
  • Neurocognitive testing
  • A physical examination
  • Vestibular ocular examination
  • Concussion symptoms checklist
  • Questions about the head injury and your current cognitive state
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I play baseball and was hit in the head by the baseball while I was on the mound pitching. I was taken out of the game and we searched for a concussion specialist. We found this directory and immediately went to a trained doctor in the area.

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