Concussions Specialist

OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Tampa, FL

Each year in the United States, millions of children and adults sustain a traumatic brain injury, often in the form of a concussion. At OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Dr. G. Jason Hunt and his team underscore the importance of specialized care anytime you receive a blow to your head. Through expert diagnosis and quick treatment, Dr. Hunt helps patients in Tampa, Florida, avoid the serious repercussions that can come with a concussion. For more information about concussion protocol and care, call for an appointment or use the online scheduler.

Concussions Q & A

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs when your head is bumped, knocked, or jolted, which forces your brain to move rapidly within your skull. 

This movement can affect your brain function to varying degrees and it may or may not cause the loss of consciousness. All too often, you may not realize you have a concussion as even a slight bump to your head can cause the condition.

What are the signs of a concussion?

The symptoms of a concussion depend upon the severity of the blow and, making matters a little more complicated, the symptoms may not show up right away. When they do, symptoms typically include:

  • Headache
  • Loss of memory
  • Fogginess in your brain
  • Dizziness
  • Vision abnormalities
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sleep issues
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Loss of consciousness, which requires immediate emergency care

Again, these symptoms may present themselves within 24 hours or they may take days, or even weeks, to develop. If you’re suffering from symptoms for more than a day or two, it’s always best to be on the side of caution when it comes to any brain injury and seek the expert counsel of Dr. Hunt.

How are concussions diagnosed and treated?

When you come in, Dr. Hunt thoroughly reviews your symptoms and how the concussion occurred. He also performs certain tests that reveal more about the extent of the problem, which include:

  • A neurological exam
  • Cognitive tests
  • Advanced imaging, such as a CT scan or MRI

If Dr. Hunt finds that you have a concussion, his recommendation for treatment depends upon your symptoms. In most cases, rest is the key to helping your brain recover and heal and this rest not only includes limiting physical activity, but mental activities, too.

Rest assured, Dr. Hunt and his team give you a complete list of dos and don’ts that help you better recover from a concussion. And they work with you closely during this time, monitoring your progress as you go.

To learn more about the concussion care at OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, call or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.