The Concussion Clinic is a unique outpatient service of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network that offers highly specialized services for people suffering from the lingering—and often life altering—results of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Our staff provides the correct treatment to those who need help with long-term cognitive impairment but do not require hospitalization.
The MedStar NRH Network Concussion Program includes an assessment by a physician and/or neuropsychologist. At some sites, evaluations may be conducted by other trained healthcare professionals.
- Neurologic examination
- Balance testing
- Review of medications
- Neuropsychological assessment
- For athletes, if previous screening was done with ImPACT, testing may be repeated
The physician and neuropsychologist consult after the evaluation to make a treatment plan, which may include referrals for rehabilitation treatments or further medical consultations, such as:
- Physical therapy for concussion rehab and vestibular therapy.
- OT and SLP, as indicated.
Recommendations are made about:
- Return to school, sports, and work
- Accommodations for school or work, if appropriate
- Recovery period follow-up
- Further treatment if symptoms do not improve as expected
About Concussion and TBI
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a penetrating brain injury (from blunt trauma, vehicle crashes, falls, and sports) that disrupts the normal function of the brain.
While some patients receive emergency care—and even an appropriate diagnosis of mild TBI—many do not. Despite the persistence of symptoms— persistent headache, confusion, pain, cognitive and/or memory problems, fatigue, changes in sleep patterns and mood, dizziness/vertigo—people who suffer concussion often do not get necessary evaluation, testing or treatment by brain injury specialists.
More than 1.5 million people suffer from these types of brain injuries. Adolescents, young adults, and older adults are the majority of patients who suffer from mild TBI.