Concussions

Concussions are no joking matter. The nature of this injury, and its prevalence, is enough to worry any parent. Welia takes concussions seriously and has a team dedicated to concussion awareness, prevention and treatment.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.

Signs and symptoms generally show up soon after the injury. Children and teens may appear dazed or stunned, be forgetful, move clumsily, or show mood or behavior changes. Other symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, sluggishness, or “just not feeling right.”

Welia Health advocates for a full assessment for any child or teen who has experienced an impact to the head. This includes a comprehensive assessment including memory testing, cognitive function, balance, and a vestibular assessment (commonly known as VOMS). Computerized testing with ImPACT is also offered. The information gained from the comprehensive assessment is used to create an individualized treatment plan to get your child feeling better and back to their activity safely.

Sports medicine-related injuries, including suspected concussions, are seen in Mora, Hinckley and Pine City.

To learn more, call Rehabilitation Services at 320.225.3356.

Welia Health’s rehabilitation team offers a wide range services from sports medicine and athletic training, physical and occupational therapy, specialty care for cardiovascular and respiratory patients, pediatric therapy, hand therapy, speech-language pathology, wound care, and sleep medicine.