Concussions Specialist

Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology

Pediatric Neurologists & Adolescent Neurologists located in Rocklin, CA & Sacramento, CA

Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head, fall, or another injury that shakes the brain. Concussions may not show any external signs of damage, but they’re a serious health condition. At Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology, board-certified pediatric neurologist Ashutosh Raina, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and management of concussions and can provide your child with the care they need to heal the injury. For a consultation, contact the office in Rocklin or Sacramento, California, by phone or request an appointment online today.

Concussions Q & A

What are concussions?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the functions of your brain temporarily. The head injury is usually caused by a blow to the head or body, fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Though there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, a concussion may not show any visible signs of an injury.

You don’t have to pass out (lose consciousness) to have a concussion, and it’s possible to have a concussion and not know it.

Do concussions cause symptoms?

Yes, concussions cause symptoms. However, the symptoms may be subtle or take time to develop. Common symptoms of a concussion in children include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Amnesia of the event that caused the injury
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in speech pattern
  • Difficulty responding to questions
  • Poor concentration
  • Changes in sleep
  • Irritability or crankiness
  • Disinterest in toys
  • Poor balance
  • Excessive crying

Head trauma of any kind, especially in children, should be evaluated immediately. After a concussion, the brain is more sensitive to damage, and a repeat injury may lead to permanent brain damage.

How are concussions diagnosed?

Dr. Raina specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of concussions in children and adolescents, and conducts a comprehensive evaluation to confirm or rule out head trauma. During the evaluation, he reviews the incident that caused the injury and the symptoms. 

He also performs ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), which is an in-office computerized assessment tool that assists in diagnosing concussions, directing treatment, and determining when it’s safe for your child to resume their usual activities. 

You can also expect a neurological exam and cognitive exam. Diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI, may also be recommended.

The innovative pediatric neurology practice also offers Protxx. This in-office device is used to perform a balance assessment, which assists with managing symptoms.

How are concussions treated?

Dr. Raina and his team at Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology offer concussion rehabilitation therapy to support healing of your child’s brain injury. Dr. Raina and his team develop individual rehabilitation plans based on the severity of your child’s head injury and symptoms.

Some people may recover from a concussion within a few hours, while for others it may take a few weeks.

At home, Dr. Raina may advise that your child rest and avoid physical activities that may put them at risk, as well as activities that require thinking, such as reading, watching TV, and schoolwork. 

For an appointment with the pediatric neurology expert for evaluation of your child’s concussion, call Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology or request an appointment online.