PM&R Physicians: The Quarterbacks of Concussion Management
Fri, 11/01/2013 - 3:03pm | Kyle Klitsch, D.O.
Successful teams have one thing in common—a leader who guides all members toward a shared goal. A good example is a quarterback who leads his team to victory.
At Good Shepherd Rehabilitation’s Concussion Management Program, physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians guide a team of rehabilitation specialists in evaluating and treating patients. Our shared goal is to relieve our patients’ post-concussion pain and restore their physical and cognitive function.
Rehabilitation physicians are medical doctors who have completed training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). In addition to diagnosing and treating pain, rehabilitation physicians:
PM&R physicians at Good Shepherd coordinate the activities of a team of experts that includes:
At the Concussion Management Program, our initial assessment begins with a comprehensive history and physical examination. This includes the patient’s detailed description of symptoms that might consist of any, or a combination, of the following:
We use a computerized testing instrument called ImPACT to establish cognitive baselines, evaluate post-concussive symptoms and measure progress throughout treatment. Based on findings from the initial assessment, we direct patients to receive additional evaluation or treatment as needed.
Services we might prescribe include:
As a team leader, I continuously adjust the plan of treatment based on information from the patient, therapists and other physician specialists. Nothing makes me and my team members happier than to see a patient who came to us with significant problems leave our program free of any symptoms.