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The board-certified neurosurgical team with Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, is led by Thomas M. Moriarty, M.D., Ph.D., a recognized leader in the field with extensive experience and specialized training.
Our specialized physicians in Louisville and Southern Indiana have the sophisticated tools and skills to give you and your child a precise diagnosis and a treatment plan for concussion that minimizes risk, so your child can get back to being a kid again.
A concussion is an acquired brain injury, also called a traumatic brain injury, that results from the sudden, rapid movement of the brain back and forth in the skull. It can be caused by a bump or blow to the head, or by a hit to the body that results in the head and brain. This shaking or rattling of the brain stretches and damages brain cells, creating chemical changes in the brain that affect the mind and body.
Concussions can be classified as mild or severe, but all are serious and need professional medical help.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates nearly 4 million sports-related concussions occur every year in the United States, many of which involve kids and young teens. Sports and athletics are a focal point of many conversations about concussions. However, mild acquired brain injuries can occur in a variety of nonsports activities as well. Experts believe millions of concussions go untreated because people do not know the signs.
Concussions and other acquired brain injuries always should be taken seriously. You should not self-diagnose or treat a suspected concussion, as there are many myths and misconceptions. Medical professionals at Norton Children’s Hospital will perform a thorough examination and physical to determine whether your child has had a concussion, and they will walk you through the treatment process.
Surgery typically is not required to treat concussions. However, neurosurgeons’ experience with severe brain injuries makes them good consultants on brain imaging and other processes related to diagnosing and treating.
Collaboration and multidisciplinary teams are core components of the entire Norton Healthcare system, which means your child has a wealth of resources available to them. The Norton Healthcare system includes Norton Sports Health, which along with Norton Neuroscience Institute, developed the Norton Neuroscience Institute Sports Neurology Center focused on protecting and treating young athletes.
In 1988, Norton Children’s Hospital became Kentucky’s first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. Today, we are still the local area’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. If your child has an acquired brain or spinal injury, our dedicated team will be with you from diagnosis to treatment.
Injuries to the brain and spinal cord can vary dramatically, but we approach every case with passion and proficiency. We are nationally recognized as one of the country’s best pediatric hospitals for a reason. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures your child gets a customized treatment plan, and we do our best to help you understand why we are recommending the care plan we present to you.