Concussion Clinic at MIHP
The Concussion Clinic brings together specialists from Neurosurgery and Sports Medicine to give expert advice on brain injury, and is the first dedicated concussion clinic in the North West. This unique multidisciplinary team allows for best-practice assessment and treatment, but also strives to inform the future of concussion management through research.
Our clinic is available to non-athletes as well as for amateur and professional athletes.
What is concussion and how do you recognise it?
A concussion is a condition that results in a temporary disruption in the normal functioning of the brain as a result of an injury. This injury is often classified as ‘minor’ and can happen as a result of a fall, road traffic accident, assault or as part of playing sports (football, rugby, hockey). People with concussions often cannot remember what happened immediately before or after the injury and may act confused.
Contrary to popular belief less than 10% of concussions involve a loss of consciousness and these can be so momentary that they can be missed altogether.
Common symptoms of concussion
Concussion affects different people in different ways. The most common symptoms are dizziness and a headache, but people report a wide range of symptoms which can include:
- Hearing loss
- Blurred vision
- Light and noise sensitivity
- Diminished taste and smell
- Personality change
- Sleep disturbances
- Memory dysfunction
- Impaired concentration and attention
Acute management and return to activity
The initial management of concussion is focused on a period of relative physical and cognitive rest, meaning that the patient should try to limit activities that stimulate the mind such as excessive use of personal electronic devices, watching television or even driving. Once the symptoms have completely resolved the individual undergoes a programme of gradually increasing stimulation and activity before they are medically cleared to return to all activities.
Around 80-90% of patients with acute concussions have an uncomplicated recovery generally resolving in 7-10 days.
The Concussion Clinic offers:
- Specialist clinical assessment
- Screening of cognitive and emotional symptoms
- Balance problem assessment
- Visual disturbance assessment
- Pre-season screening and assessment for amateur and professional athletes
- Education programmes for amateur and professional clubs.