Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Services

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Pediatric Neurology

Concussion

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a disturbance in brain function that occurs following either a blow to the head or as a result of violent shaking to the head. Concussions can occur with and without loss of consciousness. Symptoms can be divided into four categories, physical (headache, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, balance problems,); cognitive (disorientation, difficulty concentrating, feeling mentally foggy); emotional (irritability, nervousness, sadness/depression); sleep (drowsiness, trouble falling asleep, sleeping more than usual. Concussions are commonly seen in contact sports such as football, soccer, hockey, and other at-risk activities.

What we provide

Diagnosis of concussion is made based on the clinical history and detailed neurological examination (symptoms).

Balance testing is performed and patients may be asked to perform ImPACT™ computerized testing during one of their evaluations.