Concussion Clinic at the Ryan Center
When you hear the word “concussion,” you might think of football players and other athletes who take hard hits to the head during games. While it’s true that those who play contact sports are at great risk, any of us can suffer a concussion while doing everyday things. A bump on the head during housework and yard work, walking down stairs, and even walking through a door could leave you “seeing stars.”
“A concussion occurs when someone sustains a traumatic blow to the head,” said Doug Comeau, DO, CAQSM, FAAFP, Director of The Ryan Center for Sports Medicine. “They can also occur if someone’s upper body, neck, and head is shaken hard.”
A concussion causes damage to the brain and its ability to function. Symptoms are usually mild and may include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. Most of the time, people who get a concussion do not lose consciousness. Because of this, they could have a concussion and not know it.
If you think you might have a concussion, seek the advice of medical experts as soon as possible. The Ryan Center for Sports Medicine offers a Concussion Clinic, which provides complete evaluation and treatment for concussions onsite. A team of experts including sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers, neurologists, radiologists, and physical therapists work with adult and pediatric patients to assess symptoms, conduct vision and balance screenings, provide neurocognitive testing, and offer post-concussion rehabilitation. Patients who require additional care have access to a large network of specialists, including neuropsychologists and speech pathologists.
The good news is, concussions usually heal with a combination of time and rest. “When a patient gets a clean bill of health and shows the appropriate cognitive and physical recovery, they can return to their sport and daily activities,” said Comeau. “For some patients – especially our athletes – there’s a chance of suffering another concussion in the future. So we provide baseline testing, which stores important data and helps us care for them over the long term.”
The Concussion Clinic at the Ryan Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. New patients are seen within 1-2 days. To learn more or to make an appointment, please call 617-358-3400 or visit www.bu.edu/sportsmedicine.