August Q&A: Concussions

August 02, 2016
Every 15 seconds, someone in America has a concussion, and 1.5 million people live with traumatic brain injury every day. This month, experts from the Rochester Regional Health Concussion Program will answer questions about concussions and why seeking treatment is so important.

Question #1: What is a concussion?

DayDanielAnswer: A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also be caused by violent movement or jarring of the head or neck. An ‘invisible’ injury, a concussion cannot be seen on CT or MRI scans, which is why testing and treatment by trained medical personnel is so important. This injury is not limited to athletes, as a concussion can be suffered by anyone. A concussion can cause significant impairment without the person losing consciousness. If a second concussion occurs before the first one has passed, serious or permanent cognitive, behavioral and physical changes can occur. Concussions can happen anywhere: on the athletic field, on the job, on the road, and even at home.

On Thursday, August 18, Rochester Regional Health experts will join former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly prior to the Rochester Red Wings game at 7:05 for a discussion on concussions as Rochester Regional Health launches the region’s first concussion program designed for everyone. Learn more about Rochester Regional Health’s Concussion Program here.