Concussion Specialist

Ahmad Saeed Ata, MD -  - Neurologist

Neurocare of Texas

Ahmad Saeed Ata, MD

Neurologist located in Frisco, TX

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.

Concussion Q & A

What are the most common symptoms associated with a concussion?

  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Dizziness
  • Pressure in the head
  • Foggy
  • Confused
  • Slowed down feeling
  • Trouble focusing or concentrating
  • Changes in sleep
  • Nervous
  • Anxiety
  • Agitated
  • Seizures
  • Neck pain
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Numbness or weakness
  • Loss of ability to remember or recognize people
  • Nausea or vomiting

How are concussions diagnosed?

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.

How do I know if I need to seek medical care or schedule an appointment with Dr. Ata following trauma to the head?

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:

  • Hematoma: a blood clot that collects around or in the brain
  • Contusion: a bruise of the brain tissue involving bleeding or swelling in the brain
  • Brian swelling: severe swelling can limit blood flow, reducing oxygen and glucose that can lead to a stroke
  • Skull fracture: broken bone that can cause bleeding or other damage

I suffered a head trauma or whiplash during a motor vehicle accident. Can I schedule an appointment with Dr. Ata if my concussion is a result of a motor vehicle accident?

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:

  • I feel like I am spinning
  • I hear a ringing in my ears
  • I can’t remember what happened
  • I can not sleep
  • I feel so irritated
  • I can not concentrate
  • I have a headache

If you are experiencing the below symptoms following trauma to the head you need to seek immediate medical attention:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headache is severe or worse and will not got away
  • Inability to wake up
  • Slurred speech, numbness or weakness,
  • Changes in coordination or gait
  • Symptoms have not improved in 10-14 days or appear to be getting worse
  • You have a history of multiple concussions
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