Explore UPMC.com

Concussion Testing and Treatment

The specialists at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program know each concussion is unique.

That's why we work as a team to assess, test, manage, treat, and rehabilitate the diverse facets of concussions.

Concussion Assessment and Management

Our program's neuropsychologists:

Your neuropsychologist may also refer you for other tests and treatments, such as:

  • Neuroimaging for brain scans.
  • Vestibular evaluation and therapy​.
  • Physical and exertion training and rehab.
  • Sports or physical medicine doctors for medication management.
  • Behavioral neuro-optometry and vision therapy.
  • Neurosurgery, neuro-otology, or orthopaedic surgery.

Concussion Treatment and Rehab

Our concussion treatment team:

  • May prescribe physical therapy or use behavioral management methods to treat concussion symptoms.
  • May refer you for a medication consult to help treat chronic symptoms. Not all concussion cases require medicine. It may be useful in complex cases.
  • Will re-examine you often to promote successful rehab.

The neurovestibular experts at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program:

  • Test for, and treat, balance and vision problems that may occur with concussions.
  • Work with UPMC physical therapists to begin vestibular therapy.
  • Use methods that help retrain the brain to discern space, motion, and head/eye movements.
  • Use training exercises that focus on visual motion sensitivities and motor skills, and balance.

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

  • Reintroduce the vestibular system to activity in a careful and precise way.
  • Adjust the prescribed routine according to your progress.
  • Safely increase heart rate through:
    • Cardiovascular exercise.
    • Strength training.
    • Agility drills.
    • Plyometrics.
    • Dynamic and functional movements.
    • Sport-specific training.

Based on your concussion symptoms and treatment progress, your doctor may clear you for certain controlled physical activities.

Contact UPMC's Sports Medicine Concussion Program

Call 412-432-3681 to learn more about concussion testing and treatment or schedule an appointment with one of our concussion experts.


UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Supplemental content provided by Healthwise, Incorporated. To learn more, visit www.healthwise.org

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 UPMC.com 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, UPMC.com is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA, USA | UPMC.com