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Symptom Management

The Concussion Center staff is dedicated to expedite recovery and will treat you or your loved one with state of the art clinical resources utilizing the most up to date information that science has to offer.

Each visit is geared towards collecting information that will help individualize treatment plans and answer any questions that pertain to the brain injury.

When Does Recovery Start?

Recovery from a concussion starts immediately with physical and mental rest and may take days to several weeks. This means no activity. The patient needs to remain under the observation of an adult, caregiver or healthcare professional during their recovery.

We focus on three parameters as a patient recovers: symptom checklists, neuro-cognitive components (memory and processing), and neuro-physical components (balance and reaction time). These three parameters will need to be back to "normal", or baseline, prior to starting a return play, work or school.

Athletes should not return to play until the appropriate healthcare professional ensures that they are totally symptom-free and approved to start a gradual stepwise progression. Once the signs and symptoms of a concussion have resolved, gradual stepwise exertion (such as light aerobic training) is started. The athlete can then move on to sport specific training. Non-contact drills are followed by full-contact drills, and, if no symptoms appear, a return to competition.

If at any point signs or symptoms of concussion recur, the individual must be reevaluated, rest and be symptom free at rest before returning back to stepwise progression.

Symptom Management

Like recovery, the ideal treatment plan starts immediately and requires both cognitive (mental) as well as physical rest in order to recover as quickly and fully as possible.

Increased stimuli to the brain by either physical or mental activities can slow down the recovery process and subsequently delay a patient's return to their sport, school or work. Symptom management is designed to give you tips to assist you in decreasing symptoms as well as speeding up your recovery.

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