It’s estimated that between 1.6 to 3.8 million Americans experience a concussion or traumatic brain injury every year. Daniel Di Iorio, MD, DC, FAAFP, and the team at Integrated Care in Lake Barrington, Illinois, specialize in diagnosing and treating concussions. In fact, Dr. Di Iorio is one of the only providers in the area certified to interpret the results provided by ImPACT® computerized neurocognitive testing. To make your appointment, call the office at Integrated Care today.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that impacts your neurocognitive function. Although the effects of concussions are usually temporary, they can negatively interfere with your quality of life, causing headaches, problems with concentration and memory, and trouble with coordination.
Concussions usually occur as the result of a blow to your head. You might also get a concussion if you’re involved in an automobile accident that causes your head to snap back and forth at a rapid rate of speed. The most common cause of concussions is contact sports. If you play hockey, rugby, or American football, you’re more likely to experience a concussion.
Symptoms of concussions don’t always appear right away. In some cases, they develop over days, or even weeks, at a time. Telltale signs of concussions include:
If you have a concussion, you might also experience sleep disturbances, general irritability, or increased sensitivity to lights and sounds.
If you or your teenager experiences a head injury, it’s important to seek prompt medical treatment. Even if the injury doesn’t seem serious and your teen seems alert, you should still call the team at Integrated Care.
Certain symptoms following a head injury require emergency care. If you or your teen experiences repeated vomiting, a loss of consciousness for more than 30 seconds, or a headache that gets increasingly worse over time, visit your nearest hospital right away.
To diagnose concussions, Dr. Di Iorio evaluates your symptoms, reviews your medical history, and conducts a neurological examination. A neurological exam involves Dr. Di Iorio checking your vision, hearing, balance, and coordination.
If he suspects you have a concussion, he might also recommend ImPACT® computerized neurocognitive testing. ImPACT neurocognitive testing is a cutting-edge screening tool that offers key insights into the nature and severity of your concussion. Dr. Di Iorio is one of the only doctors in the area certified to interpret the results provided by ImPACT® computerized neurocognitive testing.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent concussions entirely. However, there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk. These include wearing proper protective gear, such as helmets and mouthguards, and wearing a seatbelt whenever you get into a car.
If you or a loved one experiences a concussion, contact the team at Integrated Care right away. Call the office to make your appointment today.