Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Where Does It Hurt? Head

» Diagnosing Your Head Condition
» Planning Your Treatment
» Recovery and Wellness
» Meet Our Head Specialists

Diagnosing Your Head Condition

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 200,000 people in the United States suffer concussions while playing sports every year.

During your initial exam, your doctor will ask several questions about the injury, including:

  • How it occurred
  • How severe the force was
  • Whether you lost consciousness or had memory loss after the blow
  • Whether you've had any previous concussions or other head injuries

Your doctor will then perform a simple neurological examination, testing for balance, coordination, vision, hearing, and reflexes.

Further testing may include:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Neuropsychological testing, to measure the effects of the injury on mental capabilities
  • A balance assessment, to measure how well the part of the brain that controls movement is functioning

The physicians at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine treat several head conditions, including:

Planning Your Treatment

Recovering from a head injury usually involves complete rest. Your doctor will recommend restricting not just physical but also mental activity, including computer work, reading, and even TV watching, for about seven to 10 days.

Recovery and Wellness

Once your symptoms subside, you'll be able to gradually return to normal activity levels. Being free of symptoms doesn't necessarily mean the brain has healed completely, so your doctor may recommend resuming activities one by one and monitoring any symptoms that arise.

If you're an athlete, getting back into play too quickly can put you at risk for re-injury, which may take longer to heal or cause longer-term problems. Make sure you're evaluated and cleared by a physician before you return to your sport.

Meet Our Head Specialists


Vijay Jotwani, M.D.* (primary care)

Houston Sports Park (HSP)/Dynamo Training Facility

Vijay Jotwani, M.D.* (primary care)

Sugar Land

David Braunreiter, M.D. (primary care)
Jeffrey A. Kozak, D.O.
Kenneth M. Renney, M.D. (primary care)
Christopher K. Smith, M.D.


Vijay Jotwani, M.D.* (primary care)


Scott Rand, M.D. (primary care)

Physicians marked with an asterisk (*) are fellowship-trained in treating neck and spine conditions.

To schedule an appointment with one of our head specialists, visit the Request an Appointment page or contact us.

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