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Sports Concussion Management Clinic
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions are sustained yearly, with a growing trend targeting younger, middle school athletes. You might feel fine other than a headache, but untreated concussions can have delayed, significant symptoms. In fact, every concussion impacts the way your brain functions. If left untreated, concussions can cause long-lasting impacts.
The IVCH Concussion Management Clinic, located in Peru at our Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatics, is ready to help you stay ahead of the injury. Headed by Dr. David O’Donnell, our team of health care professionals are focused on providing quick, responsive concussion care in addition to baseline testing and education for our surrounding communities. Orthopedic surgeons Dr. Robert Mitchell and Dr. James Murphy staff a weekly sports medicine clinic, ensuring you receive prompt attention from a weekend sports injury. Together, this team of professionals delivers sports medicine solutions to keep any athlete in top shape.
What is a concussion?
The CDC defines a concussion as a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.
Our concussion management health care team will perform extensive neurocognitive tests to determine if a TBI occurred. The use of CT scans assists us in seeing a detailed picture of your brain. We also perform a variety of tests that assess your brain function ranging from memory skills, attention span, concentration and problem solving.
As concussion numbers rise in our youth, so does the progression to provide stringent guidelines for athletes who have sustained concussions wishing to return to play. We are a credentialed provider of ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). As an ImPACT provider, we have access to the most state-of-the-art computerized concussion evaluation system. This program assists our health care providers in making the most informed decision on a safe return to play, thus limiting the likelihood of a long-term injury.
How do I know if I have a concussion?
Symptoms of concussions can come in a variety of different forms. If you have experienced a head injury, seek medical care for official diagnosis. Some signs of a concussion can be:
|Physical||Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Balance Problems, Dizziness, Visual Problems, Fatigue, Sensitivity to Light, Sensitivity to Noise, Numbness/Tingling, Feeling Dazed or Stunned|
|Cognitive||Feeling Mentally Foggy or Slowed Down, Difficulty Concentrating or Remembering, Forgetful, Confused, Answers Questions slowly, Repeats Questions|
|Emotional||Irritability, Sadness, Overemotional, Nervousness|
|Sleep||Drowsiness, Sleeping More or Less than Normal, Trouble Falling Asleep|
To learn more about concussion management and education or to be seen for a concussion evaluation, please call us at 815.780.3509.
Call 815.223.2143 for an appointment with Dr. Mitchell or Dr. Murphy.
Call 815.780.3509 for more information about the sports concussion management clinic.
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