Diagnosing and Treating Concussions Online
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or the body is struck or shaken so severely that it causes the head and brain to move back and forth rapidly in a jarring fashion. 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. Although many medical providers may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life threatening, the effects of a concussion can be serious. You and your online doctor can help determine the severity of your concussion, how to treat it, or if a referral to a specialist is required.
During a video consult on Amwell, one of our board-certified doctors will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine the severity of your concussion. Your diagnosis will be based on the physical exam, duration, severity of symptoms and a description of the incident that led to your symptoms.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for concussions is different depending on the severity. Due to the complications that can result from a concussion, follow up visits will be important.
Options for treatment of concussions may include:
- Rest, including avoiding activities that involve concentration
- Avoiding activities that trigger symptoms
- Limiting physical activities
- Medication to relieve headache pain