Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, resulting from a knock to the head that affects the function of the brain. It can result in a temporary loss of consciousness or confused state. Causes of concussion can include falls, sport, vehicle accidents, pedestrian or bicycle accidents, workplace incidents or physical abuse. Concussion can affect physical, emotional and/or thinking skills.
Concussion symptoms vary from person to person and can include:
- nausea and vomiting
- difficulty concentrating
- unexplained irritability
- dizziness and balance issues
- sleep difficulties
- anxiety or depression.
In 80-90% of concussion cases, symptoms of concussion will resolve within 7-10 days. If a patient is still experiencing the above symptoms after 7-10 days of their concussion occurring, they may require specialist assessment and can be referred to the Epworth Geelong Concussion Clinic by their GP.
The Concussion Clinic is led by Dr Reem Al Hanna, Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist and Dr Jo Sherry, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist with PhD and supported by Allied Health physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and occupational therapists.
The multidisciplinary screening and assessment clinic is an extension of Professor John Olver's renowned Traumatic Brain Injury Unit at Epworth Richmond.
Support, education and intervention that is provided to patients through the Concussion Clinic is designed to enable a successful and safe return to work and activities.
For concussion clinic enquiries, please contact 03 5271 7877.