Skip to Content

Health Alert:

Your health can’t wait. Learn how we’re making our facilities safer and schedule your care now.

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 at UPMC

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 Rehabilitation

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 rehabilitation. 

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.