By: Samantha Licciardi, patient

When a local high school student started having headaches after suffering from a concussion she turned to the Comprehensive Concussion Center at Care New England to get her back in the game.

“When I got a concussion during a basketball game, all I wanted was to get back into everything as soon as I could. But I had horrible headaches, dizziness and light sensitivity.

Luckily my Mom took me to see Dr. Manning at the Care New England Comprehensive Sports Concussion Center. They have a whole team of experts like sports medicine specialists, neurologists, speech therapists and physical therapists who treat people with concussions.

Dr. Manning was great. He walked me through every step of the process, let me know how long it would take to recover and what steps I had to take to get better.

He even worked with my teachers at school.

Every year, millions of Americans like me suffer a sports-related concussion but a lot of them never get the treatment they should. When someone asks me, I tell them to get it taken care of so it doesn’t become worse.

It worked for me. I’m back at school and playing field hockey again.”

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

Each concussion is different and may include any of a variety of signs and symptoms. After a concussion, the person may:

  • Appear to be dazed or stunned.
  • Act confused.
  • Forget what to do.
  • Be unsure about the game or recent activity.
  • Move clumsily.
  • Answer questions more slowly than usual.
  • Show behavior or personality change, such as increased irritability or emotionality.
  • Forget events that occurred before or after the injury.
  • Lose consciousness, even for a few seconds.

In addition, the individual may report experiencing:

  • Headache.
  • Nausea.
  • Balance problems or dizziness.
  • Double or blurred vision.
  • Sensitivity to light or noise.
  • Feeling slowed down or mentally “foggy.”
  • Fatigue or changes in sleep pattern.
  • Concentration or memory problems.

Who We Are

The Care New England Comprehensive Concussion Center team can treat children and adults in convenient locations in East Greenwich and Pawtucket. We can also consult with community physicians, parents, athletic directors and trainers, coaches, or rehabilitation specialists about concussion.

For more information about concussion management, call 1-844-723-4293.