Head Injuries and Concussions

Our neuropsychologists are top in their field for studying how the brain's structure and function affect our psychological processes and behaviors. Their work has helped the medical professional better understand and care for people with brain injuries. Our neurological and computerized testing capabilities give us an advantage in making a precise diagnosis and determining when a patient has recovered from an injury.

Concussion

Our neuropsychologists and physicians are widely recognized for their sports concussion expertise. The Sports Concussion Safety Program is the first of its kind in metro Detroit to use a sophisticated, proactive approach to concussions.

A concussion is a brain injury that may result from a fall, sports activity or car accident when the head hits an object or a moving object strikes the head. Significant movement of the brain in any direction can cause a bad headache or unconsciousness. How long a person remains unconscious may indicate the severity of the concussion.

Traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the head violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Mild symptoms can include loss of consciousness, headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, change in sleep patterns, behavioral changes, and trouble with memory, concentration or thinking. More severe symptoms may also include headache that persists or gets worse, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, an inability to wake up, dilated pupils, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and increased confusion, restlessness or agitation.

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