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Concussion Discussion

Care close to home can help heal traumatic brain injury

Untreated concussion symptoms can persist for months, even years. “Often, concussion goes undiagnosed at first,” says physical therapist Ashley Schartzer, with the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton. “People may initially focus on more obvious injuries from an accident. But even after time has passed, therapy for concussion can help heal the brain and get people back to normal activities.”

What causes mild traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

People often associate concussion with sports injuries, but you can suffer mild traumatic brain injury from a variety of causes:

  • Vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Work-related injuries
  • Any impact that causes brain to make contact with the skull

What are symptoms of mild TBI?

Each person experiences a mild TBI in a unique way. Some symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Attention problems
  • Memory issues
  • Balance
  • Dizziness
  • Coordination
  • Fatigue
  • Vision concerns (such as trouble focusing, double vision, eye pain)
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Light sensitivity

How is mild TBI treated?

Therapists educated in concussion treatment use specialized equipment, imaging tools and methods to address brain-injury-related problems:

  • Infrared goggles
  • NeuroCom® BalanceMaster®
  • Dynavision™

Where can I receive treatment for mild TBI?

It is important to seek care for mild TBI. Now you can get concussion care close to home:

Next Step: Learn more about concussion services at LVHN. Visit LVHN.org/concussion.