Head Injuries and Concussions

Evaluating traumatic brain injury in children and adults

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.

Head InjuryOur 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 we are the trusted neuropsychological partner for professional sports teams in Detroit, including the:

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

Please call (313) 876-2526 to schedule a neuropsycholgy evaluation.

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.

Concussion symptoms may not show up for hours or days after the injury and can vary from person to person. Common concussion symptoms 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

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

TBI symptoms are similar to concussion and may appear right away or may not show up for days after the injury. 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

Learn more about TBIs and treatment options.

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