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Concussions Specialist

Kai Sports Medicine LLC

Sports Medicine Specialist & Internal Medicine located in Oakhurst, NJ

A concussion is one of the most common types of traumatic brain injury (TBI), with one in four Americans experiencing it at some point. Sports medicine specialist Zachary Perlman, DO, at Kai Sports Medicine LLC works with athletes in and around Oakhurst, New Jersey, who have sports-related concussions. He uses nonoperative techniques and medications to treat concussion symptoms and prevent long-term side effects. Call today or reach out through this website to find out more or make an appointment.

Concussions Q & A

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a blow or whiplash — anything that causes your head and brain to shake back and forth. This sudden movement causes temporary chemical changes in the brain that result in a momentarily altered mental state.

Concussions are relatively common, with as many as 3.8 million cases occurring in the United States each year.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

Many assume that loss of consciousness always occurs with a concussion, but this isn't correct. Unconsciousness is sometimes a symptom, but not always. Other symptoms of concussion include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Loss of balance
  • Confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Memory issues

Learning how to recognize the symptoms of concussion in yourself and others is a valuable life skill, especially when caring for young children who can't always communicate. A concussed child may have the following symptoms:

  • Excessive crying
  • Vomiting
  • A dazed appearance
  • Apathy toward people and toys
  • Change in sleeping behaviors
  • Loss of appetite
  • Listlessness
  • Increased irritability
  • Loss of balance

Concussion symptoms can occur months after an injury.

What causes a concussion?

A protective cerebrospinal fluid cushions your brain inside your skull. Activity that causes your skull to jolt violently, however, can cause your brain to hit the sides of the head.

Sports commonly cause concussions, especially high-impact sports like football, hockey, or boxing. Even wearing protective headgear can't entirely prevent concussion.

High-impact collisions, such as motorcycle or motor vehicle accidents, also contribute to concussion cases.

You may also be more prone to concussion once you have already experienced it.

What is the treatment for concussion?

Concussion treatment varies depending on your symptoms. Dr. Perlman uses a range of nonoperative treatments when managing concussion symptoms, including pain relievers, therapies, and mind-body techniques.

While you recover, Dr. Perlman recommends you don't take part in strenuous activity, get plenty of rest, and avoid traveling by car, motorcycle, or bike as much as possible. Depending on the severity of your concussion, recovery can take a couple of days, several weeks, or even months.

Dr. Perlman observes and treats concussion symptoms to help you heal faster and prevent long-lasting damage. If you've experienced a neck or head injury and think you may have a concussion, call Kai Sports Medicine LLC today or book an appointment online.