Head Injuries and Concussions

Evaluating patients with all forms of traumatic brain injury.

When a child or adult suffers a head injury, it’s important to get a thorough, accurate evaluation from trained experts who can provide the right care as quickly and safely as possible.

Our neuropsychology team is well-known for understanding the brain’s structure and function, which is critical for accurately evaluating adult and pediatric patients. That’s one of the reasons Brad M. Merker, Ph.D., is the trusted neuropsychological partner for professional sports teams in Detroit, including the:

  • Detroit Lions (NFL)
  • Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
  • Detroit Tigers (MLB)

What is a concussion, and how do we care for it?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can occur when something hits the head or body very hard. This can cause the brain to move quickly inside the skull, which can damage brain cells and tissue.

You can get a concussion in a number of ways, from sports injuries to falls or car accidents. Concussion symptoms can vary from person to person and may include:

  • Changes in behavior, mood, or personality
  • Confusion or trouble concentrating
  • Headaches or pressure in the head
  • Memory problems
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Unconsciousness

These symptoms may not show up until hours or days after the injury. If a doctor suspects that you or your child may have a concussion, we’ll provide a thorough evaluation and recommend treatment options that may include medications, physical therapy, or other approaches.

Patients age 12 and older who suffer concussions related to sports injuries receive specialized care from our Henry Ford Sports Concussion Clinic. Patients age 11 and under with sports-related concussions can be seen in our neuropsychology clinic.

What is a TBI, and how do we care for it?

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can happen when something hits the head or body violently. It also can happen when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Both of these forms of TBI can cause serious problems for patients.

TBI symptoms may appear right away or may not show up for days after the injury, and not everyone will have the same symptoms. Some of the symptoms to watch for include:

  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering information
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Sleeping more or less than normal
  • Vision trouble, including blurred or fuzzy vision

If a referring doctor suspects a patient has a TBI, we’ll provide a thorough evaluation and recommend treatment options.

Learn more about TBIs and treatment options.

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