Concussion Testing and Treatment

Knowing that each concussion is different, the experts at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program work together on assessing, managing, treating, and rehabilitating the different facets of concussions.

Concussion Assessment and Management

The neuropsychologists at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program:

  • Evaluate head injuries and perform thorough clinical interviews.
  • Conduct neurocognitive testing, such as ImPACT™ (Immediate Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) or other neuropsychological testing.
  • Use this collective data to develop a personalized concussion treatment and management plan, which may include referrals for:
    • Neurosurgical, neuro-otology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and orthopaedic evaluations
    • Neuroradiology/neuroimaging
    • Medication management
    • Vestibular evaluation and therapy
    • Physical and exertion training and rehabilitation
    • Behavioral neuro-optometry and vision therapy

Concussion Treatment

Our treatment specialists:

Concussion Rehabilitation

The neurovestibular expert at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program:

  • Tests for and treat balance and ocular problems — two potential symptoms of concussions.
  • Works with physical therapists from the UPMC Center for Balance Disorders to begin vestibular therapy.
  • Uses techniques that help retrain the brain to understand complex environments that include space, motion, and head/eye movements, with exercises that focus on:
    • Vision
    • Balance
    • Motion
    • Gait

When vestibular and headache symptoms pass, or if you quickly recover from cognitive symptoms, your doctor may clear you for certain controlled physical activities.

The exertion training therapists at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program aim to:

  • Reintroduce the vestibular system to dynamic activity in a careful and deliberate way.
  • Safely increase your heart rate through a variety of regimens, such as:
    • Cardiovascular exercise
    • Strength training
    • Agility drills
    • Plyometrics
  • Adjust the regimens according to your progress.
  • Tailor exertion therapy to your particular sport.ailor exertion therapy to your particular sport.

©  UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Supplemental content provided by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions. All rights reserved.

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

For UPMC Mercy Patients: As a Catholic hospital, UPMC Mercy abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As such, UPMC Mercy neither endorses nor provides medical practices and/or procedures that contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA