Let our Concussion Care Team get you back to life and back in the game!
A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) that occurs when the brain is disrupted by a blow or shock to the brain. Most people recover from concussion in a week or two, but symptoms can sometimes last longer and can affect performance at school, work and common activities we do.
Signs and Symptoms
For someone with a concussion, the signs and symptoms may be immediately evident and observable but symptoms can also be subtle and appear some time after the initial injury. Memory loss (amnesia) and loss consciousness are not required symptoms for a concussion diagnosis.
Please seek immediate emergency attention if the following are present or occur:
- One pupil in the eye (dark center) is larger in one eye compared to the other.
- Seizure/Convulsions occur.
- A headache becomes worsens and becomes severe.
- Loss of consciousness.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Slurred Speech.
- Increased confusion, restlessness or agitation.
- Has difficulty recognizing people, items and places.
- Weakness and/or numbness.
- Abnormal behavior.
- Very tired/drowsy and/or can not be awakened.
General List of Symptoms Associated with a Concussion
- Loss of consciousness
- Amnesia (memory loss) of events before, during and/or after the injury
- Nausea with or without Vomiting
- “Seeing Stars”
- Ringing in the ears
- Slurred Speech
- Sensitivity to Light and/or Noise
- Trouble Concentrating or focusing
- Slow to respond
- Appear dazed
- A feeling of “fogginess” is expressed
- Irritability or other personality changes
- Disrupted Sleep Patterns
- Trouble falling asleep/staying asleep/waking up
- Sleeping less or more
- Changes in senses such as taste or smell
Contact our Concussion Clinic
Weekdays between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM: Please call (717) 747-8303. All other times please call (717) 817-2894.
The OSS Health Concussion Clinic was started to meet the increased demand for quality care of sports concussions. OSS Health provides follow-up (non-emergent) care for patients 10 years of age and older. OSS Health believes in a team approach to care and works with families and communities to provide a plan for recovery and return to activity. We encourage student-athletes involved at their schools to work with the Athletic Trainer and your Athletic Trainer can contact our team to help facilitate an appointment. The OSS Health Concussion Clinic is a Certified ImPACT Clinic (CIC) and we can provide ImPACT testing.
*Please note that if you seek emergency care, you have the right to see any physician you like under the guidelines of your insurance or independently. Please contact us at one of the numbers above if you wish see one of our Concussion Clinic Physicians or have any questions.
Return to Play
No play or vigorous activity, such as running, exercise, weight lifting, etc., should be done with signs and symptoms present and without a plan from your physician. Pennsylvania law requires that any minor who is suspected of having a concussion be removed from the game, practice or activity. If a properly trained M.D., D.O., Athletic Trainer or Physical Therapist is present to evaluate the athlete, this should be done on the sideline. A follow up by an M.D. or D.O. is needed for clearance to return to activity. Athletes who sustain a concussion are advised not to return to play the same day and should follow up with a trained M.D. or D.O. and a proper plan should be made for return to school and sports. OSS Health is a Certified ImPACT Clinic and works with families to develop a proper plan of care for healing and return to activity.