Concussion is a type of brain injury often referred to as a “mild traumatic brain injury”. It may result when there is a bump or blow to the head, or when the head moves quickly back and forth (whiplash). It is important to understand that concussion can result even when there has not been a direct impact to the head. The symptoms are variable, and may include physical, cognitive, or emotional symptoms.
In most cases, people recover from concussions within 3 months. However, concussion symptoms can last months or even years if not properly managed. Our clinicians have extensive knowledge of mild traumatic brain injuries and are highly experienced in assessing cognitive and language problems associated with post-concussion syndrome. We know the right questions to ask so that we can provide essential information and high quality treatment, help people understand which activities will help or hurt their recovery, and refer them to providers that will address symptoms that are beyond our scope of practice.
Our concussion management program typically includes the following:
1) An initial session which will include:
- patient interview
- discussion of patient’s symptoms
- general information about concussions (e.g., typical symptoms, recovery)
- appropriate referrals
- follow-up plan
2) Formal baseline evaluation of cognitive and language abilities using standardized testing
3) Review of evaluation results and treatment plan
4) Cognitive-linguistic treatment custom-tailored to fit the patient’s needs
We understand how debilitating the effects of mild traumatic brain injuries can be, so we are cautious in our care. We follow our clients’ cases and provide treatment until we feel that we have taken them as close to their baseline as possible.