Mercy Neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Park Discusses Concussion in Women

January 5, 2017
Neurosurgery at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

There are potential long-term health consequences when concussions are serious.

Anyone can suffer a concussion, but studies have shown that women are more prone to them than men.

According to neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Park, Director of The Minimally Invasive Brain & Spine Center at Mercy, no one's exactly sure why women tend to have longer-lasting symptoms and take more time to recover from a concussion.

"There are a lot of theories as to why that happens; some are hormonal things. They go through hormone changes, and it effects the pituitary and products of progesterone, which is a healing hormone is the body, likely to get a concussion," Dr. Park said.

Concussions can't be spotted from the outside, nor can they be seen with imaging tools like MRIs or CT scans, which is why doctors rely on symptoms to diagnose them.

View Dr. Charles Park’s interview regarding women and concussion.

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