Concussion Screening Specialist

Northeast Pediatric Associates PA

A Private Pediatric Practice located in Northeast San Antonio, TX, Northcentral San Antonio, TX, Schertz, TX & Castroville, TX

If your child hits their head and starts showing signs of a brain injury, bring them to Northeast Pediatric Associates PA immediately. The expert team offers concussion screenings to accurately diagnose your child and develop a treatment plan. The practice maintains two offices in San Antonio and one each in Castroville and Schertz, Texas. To book an appointment for your child, call the office nearest you today or schedule your visit online.

Concussion Screening Q & A

What is concussion screening?

If your child hits their head, has an accident, or has concussion symptoms for any reason, they need a concussion screening.

A concussion is a brain injury that can cause trauma to your child’s blood vessels and nerves, causing memory loss, problems with their coordination, and problems with their hearing and vision. Signs of a concussion can show up hours or even days after your child has suffered one.

Concussions are common in children. Whether they are playing actively with others or participating in high-impact sports, they can easily hit their heads.

If your child bumps or jolts their head, the Northeast Pediatric Associates PA team can do a concussion screening to see if there’s an injury and determine if they need treatment. They might simply need to take precautions while being active or refrain from activity for a time.

When is concussion screening necessary?

Common symptoms of a concussion include fatigue, brain fog, headaches, and dizziness. More severe symptoms include:

  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Fainting
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Vomiting
  • One dilated pupil
  • Uncontrolled crying

Whether your child’s symptoms are mild or severe, you should immediately schedule a concussion screening at Northeast Pediatric Associates PA.

How does a concussion screening work?

Your experienced provider assesses your child by asking questions and evaluating their:

  • Sight and hearing
  • Reflexes
  • Nerves
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Alertness

If they need further assessment, they’ll do a CT (computed tomography) scan or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to determine if the head injury is severe.

What can my child expect after a concussion screening?

If your child has a concussion, their provider recommends rest. That means your child shouldn’t go to school, play sports, or engage in physical activity. Most recover from a concussion in 7-10 days. Their doctor might schedule a follow-up evaluation to ensure a complete recovery.

Once your child heals, they should limit their screen time, avoid strenuous exercise, and take frequent breaks for rest until their doctor gives them the all-clear.

Call Northeast Pediatric Associates PA today or book an appointment online to schedule a concussion screening for your child.