Our concussion experts, in consultation with the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, provide diagnosis and active treatment for a range of concussion-related symptoms in people of all ages, providing a seamless continuum of care to each member of our team.
Concussion is one of the most common sports injuries. 1.8 to 3.6 million concussions are reported annually as a result of sports and recreational activities in the U.S. alone.
While people are becoming increasingly aware of the frequency and symptoms of concussion, the advice about what to do for concussion can be confusing. That is why it is important to seek medical treatment from an expert trained in concussion management as soon as possible after a suspected concussion.
In diagnosing and evaluating a concussion, experience matters. We know there are six different types of concussions that account for more than 20 symptoms. Our concussion experts will evaluate the severity of your concussion by reviewing your medical history and doing a thorough physical exam of your symptoms, balance, and physical condition.
If you play sports, it’s important to take a baseline concussion test before the start of your sports season, as this provides a comparison tool for experts when you take the test again after a suspected concussion.
The best treatment for a concussion is an active approach that trains your brain to readapt to stimuli like light, noise, and motion. Our team develops a personalized treatment plan based on your specific symptoms and goals so that you get back to doing what you love safer and sooner. To help manage and treat your concussion, we:
With an active treatment approach to face concussion head-on, you will likely return to daily activities – with the exception of returning to play your sport – fairly quickly after your concussion is diagnosed.
The sooner your type of concussion is diagnosed and the sooner you begin appropriate treatment, results have shown speedier and more successful recoveries. It can be challenging, as you have to work to retrain your brain after a concussion – to put your brain in the situations that may feel too loud, too bright, or overwhelming for some time.
Your concussion expert will work closely with you to gradually increase activity and decide when you can return to activities that require more exertion, like back to practice, and eventually a full return to play. The 2012 Safety in Youth Sports Act requires written consent by a health professional trained in diagnosing and managing concussions before an athlete can be cleared to return to play.
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