We offer 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.
Lancaster General Health offers two components of ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing): baseline testing and post-injury testing.
These tests help determine if a patient can successfully return to activity. For youth athletes especially, we recommend the baseline ImPACT screening test as the first step in protecting the brain. We conduct a baseline screening before any injury occurs to provide a valuable point of comparison should an athlete sustain a sports concussion.
ImPACT testing is available at LG Health Physicians Sports Medicine and LG Health Physicians Neuropsychology. Neuropsychology offers concussion assessment and management for all concussion patients. Sports Medicine focuses on sports concussion.
Treatment and Evaluation
We use 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.
We may recommend physical therapy 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 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 also use 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.