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Concussion Recovery Program

 

Understanding concussion

A concussion is a common type of brain injury that can have far-reaching effects. Your brain is a soft organ surrounded by spinal fluid and protected by your hard skull. Normally, the fluid around your brain acts like a cushion that keeps your brain from banging into your skull. If your head or your body is hit too hard, your brain crashes into your skull and can be injured.

Concussions can happen in many ways—sports injuries, falls, and vehicle and bicycle accidents—and there may be no visible signs of a brain injury. With rest, most people fully recover from a concussion, some within a few hours. Others may take a few weeks to recover.
 

Comprehensive services

LG Health offers comprehensive services to diagnose concussion, manage post-concussion symptoms, and assess when you may be ready to return to participation in sports, school and work.

We offer ImPACT testing (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) for ages 10 and older. ImPACT testing includes two test types: baseline screening and post-injury testing. For youth athletes especially, the baseline screening test  is recommended as the first step to protecting the brain. A baseline screening taken before any injury occurs provides a valuable point of comparison should an athlete sustain a sports concussion.

ImPACT baseline and post-injury testing are both available at our Sports Medicine practice as well as our Neuropsychology practice.
 

  • Treatment and evaluation
    Our team uses scientifically validated testing tools to assess symptoms, memory, processing speed, reaction time, and other factors in order to create a management strategy that supports the best chances for a full recovery. Neurological testing is the gold standard for determining readiness to resume daily activities following a concussion, and reduce the risk of long-term symptoms or permanent damage.
     

  • Physical therapy
    Physical therapy may be recommended to treat related problems such as head and neck pain. Our physical therapists can help design a graduated exercise program with the goal of returning to your prior level of activity without negative consequences, and help address balance and vestibular (dizziness) problems.
     

  • Occupational therapy
    Occupational therapy can help with visual problems like difficulty reading and performing computer work, as well as help you manage your daily routine—planning, organizing, managing time, and paying attention to detail. Therapists can also employ other neuro/behavioral interventions to help manage stress levels. In rare cases, neuro ophthalmology and developmental optometry can be useful in recovering from neurological visual difficulties.
     

  • Speech and language therapy
    Speech and language therapy can help with communication, memory and cognitive function difficulty.


 
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