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Concussions and Head Injuries

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If you or a loved one sustains a serious head injury such as a concussion, skull fracture or intracranial hematoma (ICH), you can be assured of receiving prompt, expert care from diagnosis through rehabilitation from the physicians at Jefferson Health.

Should surgery be necessary, you will have immediate access to some of the most experienced and renowned neurosurgeons in one of the most comprehensive, academic neurosurgical programs in the country.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a force to the head or direct force to the face, neck or chest that is transmitted to the head, resulting in disrupted brain function. Typical signs and symptoms include physical, cognitive, visual and emotional symptoms such as headaches, amnesia, irritability, slowed reaction times, trouble concentrating and reading, as well as sleep pattern changes.

Those who are not properly treated after sustaining a concussion are more susceptible to delays in recovery, Second Impact Syndrome and/or Post-Concussion Syndrome.

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Diagnosis and Testing of Concussive Injuries

The Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center provides diagnosis of mild, moderate or severe concussions. Our diagnosis and testing options include

  • Baseline and neurocognitive testing
  • Balance testing
  • Neuropsychological testing

Schedule a baseline test for your child or your whole youth organization.

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment.

Concussions in Young Athletes

According to the Pennsylvania Safety in Youth Sports Act, school athletes who have sustained a concussion must be evaluated beyond emergency care. Athletes may not return to school and resume athletic activity until they have been medically cleared.  Jefferson Health has the necessary technology and expertise to evaluate kids  and make sure it is safe for them to return to the field.

Concussive Injuries Treatment in Philadelphia

Patients seen at the Comprehensive Concussion Center range from athletes, members of the community or school teams and individuals who play recreational sports, to people injured in automobile, household, occupational or other non-sports related mishaps.

We can also help individuals with visual field disturbances, trouble reading, headaches while focusing on text or other ocular eye problems that originate or are exacerbated due to concussion.

Our treatment methods include:

  • Step-by-step treatment plan coordinated with schools, athletic trainers, coaches and parents
  • Vestibular therapy
  • Exertional rehabilitation
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Occupational and physical therapy
  • Treatment with a psychiatrist for patients requiring care for recurring or chronic side effects of concussion such as anxiety and depression.

Our services enable patients to ease back into activities, including athletics, schoolwork and other aspects of their lives, at a gradual pace that limits the risk of re-occurrence of symptoms as their brains continue to heal.

Make an Appointment

Learn more about concussions and treatment at our Comprehensive Concussion Center. Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment.