Concussion Screening


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Concussion Screening

If your child hits their head and has symptoms that suggest a brain injury, it is essential that they have a concussion screening to prevent further injury. Virginia Pediatric Group offers expert concussion screening and follow-up at their offices in Herndon, Fairfax, Great Falls, and Aldie, Virginia. For a concussion screening and evaluation, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Concussion Screening Q & A

What is a concussion screening?

A concussion screening is a critical assessment that every child should have if they hit their head or are in a vehicle accident and have concussion symptoms. A concussion is a type of brain injury that can affect blood vessels and nerves and cause memory loss, coordination, hearing, and vision.

It is not uncommon for children to bump or jolt their heads while playing, especially when participating in high-impact sports. A concussion screening evaluates your child's head injury and determines if they need further treatment, need to take precautions, or should refrain from strenuous activity while they heal.

What are the signs my child needs a concussion screening?

If your child suffers a blow to the head or has an event that causes their head to move back and forth rapidly, they may need a concussion screening. 

Signs of a concussion may include: 

  • Headache
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion 
  • Being dazed or stunned 
  • Personality changes 
  • Answering questions slowly 
  • Memory loss about events before or after the event

You should seek emergency care if they have severe signs of brain injury, including repeated nausea or vomiting, numbness, weakness, slurred speech, inability to wake up, unequal pupils, seizures, or loss of consciousness. Signs of a concussion may not show up for hours or even days after an injury. 

What is involved in a concussion screening?

An experienced provider at Virginia Pediatric Group assesses your child for signs of brain injury by asking questions and evaluating their: 

  • Sensory and motor skills 
  • Coordination and balance
  • Nerves and reflexes
  • Sight and hearing
  • Mental status and alertness

Your provider may recommend a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to rule out severe damage or a head injury. 

What happens after a concussion screening?

In most cases, the treatment for a concussion is pain relief and rest. A child with a head injury should not return to school, sports, physical education, or increased physical activity until directed by their provider. 

While your child heals, the team at Virginia Pediatric Group recommends: 

  • Limiting screen time
  • Reducing reading
  • Avoiding strenuous activities 
  • Avoiding noisy or stimulating environments
  • Taking frequent breaks to rest
  • Shortening the school day 

If your child's symptoms change dramatically or worsen after their initial concussion screening, or if you have questions, you can get guidance from the nurse advice line during regular hours or from after-hours care in the evenings or weekends. 

For expert concussion screening, call Virginia Pediatric Group or schedule an appointment online today.