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Concussion Program

People of all ages and walks of life can experience concussions, either during sports, work or enjoying recreational activities.  For many, a concussion is a debilitating experience that impacts vision, cognition, balance and movement.

Good Shepherd‘s Comprehensive Concussion Program is designed to provide specialized concussion treatment that blends state-of-the art technology with Good Shepherd’s world-class expertise and compassionate care. At Good Shepherd, you get the right care for your concussion from the start.

Our team of physicians, therapists and optometrists specialize in concussion diagnosis and treatment to help you recover and get back to your life.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs as a result of a direct blow to the head, face or neck. This starts a complex chemical reaction in the brain that disrupts normal functioning and can cause symptoms such as confusion, personality changes, nausea and dizziness.

Common causes include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Sports and recreation activities
  • Assaults
  • Collision/contact sports

What are the Symptoms of a Concussion?

Concussions can cause symptoms that last hours, days, weeks or months. For some, these symptoms can be debilitating and typically include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Feeling slower
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Fogginess
  • Fatigue
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Memory problems
  • Irritability and depression

Importance of Treating Concussions

While every concussion, even mild ones, should be evaluated, the fact is that only 16 percent of the 3.8 million concussions that occur annually are diagnosed. If you even suspect you have a concussion, please contact us for an evaluation.  While some concussions resolve through rest and activity restriction, some require specialized care to resolve symptoms and prevent long-lasting, cumulative effects.

The Good Shepherd Difference: A Comprehensive Approach

Benefits of Good Shepherd’s Comprehensive Concussion Program:

Physician-led Program – Within 48 hours, you will see one of our physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians to evaluate you, create a customized therapy/care plan and manage your progress.

Focus on Physical and Cognitive Symptoms – A concussion can create personality and mood changes, as well as hamper your ability to process information. Good Shepherd’s neuropsychology team can evaluate your symptoms and help you cope with the effects of your concussion on your everyday life.

A Helping Hand Every Step of the Way – Every Good Shepherd concussion patient is assigned a care navigator to answer your questions and ensure you receive the right care at the right time.

A Multi-disciplinary Approach for Complete Recovery

  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation focus
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Balance therapy
  • Vision therapy
  • Impact testing
  • Neuro optometry
  • Headache management, including medial management, Botox® injections, trigger points injections, occipital nerve blocks
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Neuropsychology

Vision Therapy

For many concussion patients, vision is an often-overlooked symptom. An evaluation with our vision therapy experts are key to a more successful recovery.

To learn more about how Good Shepherd’s Comprehensive Concussion Management Program can help you or someone you love, call 1-888-44-REHAB or fill out the form below.

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