Concussions – Overview

By Michael Yorio, MD

An Overview of Concussions

JOI Concussion Management

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A concussion is a form of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Concussions are an injury commonly seen in contact sports such as football, soccer, lacrosse and wrestling. Head injuries also occur in significant numbers in sports and activities not necessarily considered contact sports, like field hockey, softball and cheerleading. A concussion can be defined as an impact to the head which causes symptoms of a brain injury that are transient. The most common cause is from an impact to the head by another player, but a smaller percentage occur from head impact onto the playing surface or from equipment, such as a stick, ball or goal post.

Click here physiology of a concussion to read more on the physiology of a concussion.

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine defines a concussion as a traumatically induced transient disturbance of brain function. In other words, an impact on the head or body that negatively affects normal brain function that will eventually improve over time.


JOI Rehab

If your injury does require physical therapy or surgery, our JOI team has the expertise and technological advances to get you back to your ideal level of function.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045. Come see us!


Where is Telemedicine frequently used?

All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.


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