A concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by an impact to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move back and forth rapidly. This sudden movement can cause stretching and bruising of nerve and blood vessels that lead to chemical changes disrupting normal brain function. Concussions are typically not life threatening however the eﬀects can be serious. If you are concerned you or someone has suﬀered a concussion they should be evaluated by a concussion specialist to rule out more serious complications and manage their symptoms. Ahmad Ata, M.D. is a concussion specialist in Frisco, Texas with over twenty years experience diagnosing, evaluating, and treating concussion patients.
First, make sure you are being evaluated by a concussion specialist who regularly diagnoses and treats concussions. When you see Dr. Ata he will perform a thorough exam, evaluating your head injury by checking your reflexes, balance, coordination, hearing, vision, and strength. Cognitive testing is also performed to check your concentration and memory. An imaging study such as an MRI may be ordered to ensure there is no structural damage or bleeds. Dr. Ata will then interpret the results of these tests to formulate a diagnosis.
Concussion symptoms can aﬀect people in a wide variety of ways. Most people will recover quickly following a concussion however some will have symptoms that last for weeks and then slowly improve. The importance of being evaluated for trauma to the head is to rule out more serious head injuries:
Yes, Ahmad Ata, M.D. is a board certified Neurology and Neurophysiology specialist in Frisco, Texas who evaluates and treats patients who have been in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) and are seeking treatment under a letter of protection (LOP). During a motor vehicle accident there is high potential for a concussion from a direct trauma to the head. Patients who have been in a car accident and may have experienced a concussion typically explain their post MVA symptoms as: