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Why you should take sports concussions seriously

Concussions are serious injuries that should be treated by healthcare providers who are experienced with their management. Sports Medicine physicians diagnose and treat concussions with the goal of promoting a healthy recovery and returning athletes to sports and kids to school. Additionally, we work with parents, athletes, coaches, and other providers to identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion and help to proactively manage the effects.

What is a concussion?

A concussion, also referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury, is an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head or from a whiplash effect due to a hit to the body. Concussions change the way the brain works and how a person thinks, acts, and feels. Most people do not lose consciousness. Even a "ding" or "bell ringer" can be serious.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

Symptoms fall into four categories: physical, cognitive or thinking abilities, mood and behavior, and sleep. A person may have many symptoms or only a couple of symptoms. If a person reports one or more symptoms of concussion or if another person notices the symptoms, keep the person out of play and seek medical attention.

The symptoms of a concussion that fall into each category include:

Swedish Physical Medicine Specialist Interviewed by KING 5 TV about Exercises to Help Relieve Neck, Shoulder Pain

SEATTLE, Jan. 17, 2013 - KING 5 Television (NBC) News Anchor Jean Enersen recently interviewed Erik Brand, M.D., M.Sc. - a sports medicine physician with Swedish Spine, Sports & Musculoskeletal Specialists - about exercises to help relieve neck and shoulder pain, which is a common condition often associated with poor posture while sitting at a desk for long periods.

 

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