Is it a concussion? Is it safe to return to my usual activities? When can my child resume playing sports?
While a concussion often results in a temporary change in functioning and most people have a good recovery, concussions still need to be taken seriously. WakeMed offers a variety of concussion services for both children and adults to help answer these questions.
Adult Concussion Services
For adults who were treated at a WakeMed Emergency Department with a diagnosis of concussion, it is recommended that you be cleared by a physician prior to returning to physical activity, work or school. Make an appointment with your primary care doctor to see them soon after your diagnosis in the emergency department. Most people who have a concussion return to their normal functioning within a matter of days or weeks. Your physician will help guide you through your recovery with a gradual return to most of your usual activities.
If after approximately four to six weeks you notice the following symptoms, you may need one or more of the related specialty services:
- Balance or walking difficulties: Talk to your doctor about these symptoms. You may need a referral from your doctor to be further evaluated by a physical therapist. Once you have consulted with your physician and have a prescription for physical therapy, you can call WakeMed Adult Concussion Services at 919-350-6782, to make an appointment..
- Cognitive difficulties (changes in your memory or thinking skills): You may need to have testing by a neuropsychologist to better understand these changes. Ask your physician about this and they can make a referral to WakeMed Adult Concussion Services by calling 919- 350-6782 for a concussion cognitive evaluation.
- Continued headaches, ringing in your ears or other physical symptoms: You may need to follow up with a neurologist or physiatrist (rehabilitation doctor). Ask your physician about a referral to the right specialist.
Your primary care doctor can help you determine if and when you need specialized services from WakeMed, such as neuropsychology and physical therapy.
If you do not have a primary care physician who feels comfortable managing concussion, we welcome you to make an appointment with a WakeMed Physician Practices primary care physician who cares for patients who have suffered a concussion. They are located in Brier Creek, Apex, Cary, Morrisville, Knightdale, Garner, Fuquay-Varina and Raleigh.
Please call the WakeMed Physician Practices Primary Care Scheduling Line at 919-350-9100 and ask the operator for the practice location that is closest to where you live or work.
Learn about WakeMed's Concussion Services for Children.