Michigan neurosurgeon cautions how lack of knowledge about concussions can cause long-term damage to children and adults

Michigan-based Jay Jagannathan, M.D., prominently known as one of the United States’ top neurosurgeons, says that a lack of information and knowledge about concussions can lead to long-term issues for children and adults who have suffered head and brain trauma.

Speaking as March is Brain Injury Month, Dr. Jagannathan said that all parents, coaches and adults should have a basic awareness and understanding of concussions to help protect the long-term health of those who count on them most. He said there are three important areas of knowledge for everyone to know: 1) How to identify a concussion; 2) Common signs of someone with a concussion; and, 3) If and when someone can return to the activity that led to the concussion.

“Signs of a concussion include confusion/memory problems, headaches, sensitivity to light and noises and, in some cases, depression,” said Dr. Jagannathan from Jagannathan Neurosurgical Institute with locations in Troy, Garden City, West Branch and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

“Common signs of those with a concussion are that they appear dazed or stunned, can’t recall events before or after the incident, move clumsily, answer questions slowly and, perhaps, lose consciousness,” said Dr. Jagannathan. “In regard to when they can resume their previous activities, it usually is one week after a mild concussion, one month after a severe concussion and possibly permanent restriction after a more serious incident.”

Dr. Jagannathan’s Jagannathan Neurosurgical Institute – www.mi-neurosurgery.com – includes specialists in neurosurgery, neurology and pain management and provides interdisciplinary treatment for patients with spine and other neurological. Dr. Jagannathan is known nationally for his minimally invasive surgical techniques that allow patients to recover faster with less discomfort.

Dr. Jagannathan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgery and the American Board of Spinal Surgery. He was named a “Spine Surgeon to Know” by Becker’s Spine Review and a “Featured Neurosurgeon” in Hour Detroit magazine’s ‘Top Docs’ issue in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He received the Patients’ Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition from Vitals.com in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2016 he was rated the Top Neurosurgeon in Metro Detroit by RateMDs.com. Dr. Jagannathan received his M.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His neurosurgery residency was at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center and the Wayne State University School of Medicine where he was Chief Resident. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Jagannathan has published numerous papers and book chapters in the areas of spine surgery, radiosurgery and neuro-oncology and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Synthes Award for craniofacial research as well as the Cone Pevehouse Award for socioeconomic research, both from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He was named a ‘rising star’ in spine surgery by In-Spine magazine.

He is actively involved in organized neurosurgery and served as a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Young Neurosurgeons Committee and on the Executive Committee of the Section on Tumors. He also represented Michigan on the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies.

Dr. Jagannathan is a resident of Birmingham, Mich.