Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital presents free program on concussions
La Grange – Does your child play contact sports? Are you concerned with concussions and the long-term effects? Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital wants to keep you informed and up-to-date on treatment options and how to get your children back in the game.
Dr. Ketan Mody, a Sports Medicine specialist at Elite Sports Medicine Institution, will talk about how you can your keep children safe in contact sports – from discussing different diagnosis, treatment options and the appropriate return to play process – during the free event, “Concussions: Is it too soon to get back in the game?”
The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, Dixon Center B, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange. The class is free, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, call (630) 856-7525 or visit www.keepingyouwell.com/almh.
It is vital for both parents and athletes to know the importance behind concussion safety.
“Concussions are an injury that can cause long-term issues such as dementia, memory loss, tremors and possibly even death. Individuals must be able to recognize the signs early in order for them to seek the appropriate medical attention to avoid further damage,” Mody said.
According to Dr. Mody, even the mildest concussions have easily recognizable signs and symptoms. Many athletes when having a concussion will experience a variety of symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, memory loss, confusion, blurry vision, ringing in their ears and the feeling of seeing stars.
“Parents and coaches on the sidelines can identify if a concussion has taken place if they notice their child or athlete stumbling around after a hard impact with another individual or fall and they seem very disoriented on the field or court,” said Dr. Mody.
“Taking precautions such as wearing appropriate headgear and mouth guards and in heavy contact sports knowing how to hit your opponent properly will help to reduce your risk of having a concussion,” Mody said.
Depending on each individual and each concussion or number of prior concussions, there is no set time limit for returning to full activity. Therefore, it is important to seek the help of a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician.
“After proper diagnosis and treatment, it is imperative you should not return to sports or physical education class until you have follow up doctor’s appointment and are cleared by a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician,” Dr. Mody said.
As an expert in sports medicine, Dr. Mody recommends individuals or athletes who experience a concussion to be patient as the treatment options for a concussion take time.
“There are not many treatment options for those who suffer a concussion, but the key is to get plenty of rest and relaxation,” Dr. Mody continued. “Then, once the symptoms seem to subside, under doctor’s supervision, the athlete or individual may slowly ease into physical activities.”
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.