Oct 1, 2019 Issue
Uterine Fibroids, Traumatic Brain Injury, Treating Obesity, Breast Cancer Survivors [AFP Clinical Answers]

Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal's content, written by and for family physicians.

Apr 1, 2019 Issue
Current Concepts in Concussion: Initial Evaluation and Management [Article]

Concussion affects adults and youth physically, cognitively, and emotionally/behaviorally, with headache being the most common symptom. Tools for diagnosis and monitoring recovery include checklists, neuropsychological and balance tests, and sideline assessment tools. Athletes with suspected concussion should not return to play until medically cleared. Brief cognitive and physical rest followed by gradual return to activity is the preferred management.

Apr 1, 2019 Issue
Mild TBI in Children: Guidance from the CDC for Diagnosis and Treatment [Practice Guidelines]

Mild traumatic brain injury in children is a major problem in the United States. Based on a systematic literature review, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations specific to children with Glasgow Coma Scale scores of 13 to 15.

Dec 15, 2016 Issue
Prognosis Following Mild Head Injury in Children [Point-of-Care Guides]

Concussion, also referred to as mild traumatic brain injury, is a common injury in children. It is defined as a transient disturbance in mental status following head trauma, and it can cause a variety of physical, cognitive, and emotional sequelae. Symptoms continuing for more than 28 days after the...

Apr 1, 2014 Issue
Evaluation and Management of Concussion in Athletes: Recommendations from the AAN [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) studied the incidence of concussion in high school and college athletes to address related clinical questions.

Dec 1, 2012 Issue
Subacute to Chronic Mild Traumatic Brain Injury [Article]

Although a universally accepted definition is lacking, mild traumatic brain injury and concussion are classified by transient loss of consciousness, amnesia, altered mental status, a Glasgow Coma Score of 13 to 15, and focal neurologic deficits following an acute closed head injury. Most patients re...

Jan 15, 2012 Issue
Cognitive Rest in Concussion Management [Editorials]

In recent years, there have been significant and progressive changes in the evaluation, management, and return-to-play principles of sports concussions. Today, the medical community manages each case individually by applying guidelines that are based on the best scientific evidence.

Jan 15, 2012 Issue
Current Concepts in Concussion: Evaluation and Management [Article]

Concussion is a disturbance in brain function caused by direct or indirect force to the head. It is a functional rather than structural injury that results from shear stress to brain tissue caused by rotational or angular forces—direct impact to the head is not required. Initial evaluation involves ...

Oct 15, 2006 Issue
Management of Head and Neck Injuries by the Sideline Physician [Article]

Injuries to the head and neck are common in sports. Sideline physicians must be attentive and prepared with an organized approach to detect and manage these injuries. Because head and neck injuries often occur simultaneously, the sideline physician can combine the head and neck evaluations. When ass...

Sep 15, 2001 Issue
Concussion in Sports: Minimizing the Risk for Complications [Article]

Mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, is a common consequence of collisions, falls and other forms of contact in sports. Concussion may be defined as an acute trauma-induced alteration of mental function lasting fewer than 24 hours, with or without preceding loss of consciousness. The physicia...

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