A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions are typically caused by a bump or jolt to the head, but also by a fall or a blow to the body that makes the head and brain move quickly back and forth. Concussions are usually not life-threatening, and most people with a concussion make a quick and full recovery. However, the effects of a concussion can be serious, and can last for weeks or even longer.
It may take longer for older adults, young children, and teens to recover. If you've had a concussion before, you are at higher risk of having another one, and may also take longer to recover.
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If you are still having symptoms more than a few weeks after your concussion, talk with your doctor about seeing a specialist in post-concussion rehabilitation and recovery. Physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and athletic trainers assess and treat people who have problems with balance, dizziness, thinking and remembering. They can also provide post-concussion training for a safe return to school, work, sports and play.
Legacy sports medicine experts specialize in pre-concussion assessments and post-concussion care of children and adults:
- Legacy Medical Group-Cornell: 503-672-6080
- Legacy Medical Group-Lake Oswego: 503-635-2496
Specialty children's services
Neuropsychologists assess and work with children who continue to have problems with memory, attention, concentration and mood after a concussion. Pediatric physical therapists help children who have dizziness, balance, speech or vision problems after a concussion.
- Randall Children's Hospital Pediatric Neuropsychology: 503-413-4620
- Randall Children's Hospital Pediatric Development and Rehabilitation:
- Legacy Emanuel: 503-413-4505
- Legacy Meridian Park: 503-692-1670
- Legacy Salmon Creek: 360-487-1777