Concussions are a growing concern in kids and need to be properly treated. That’s why we launched a concussion management program in 2019 as part of our comprehensive outpatient therapy services.
Our concussion management team has the expertise and technology to evaluate and treat concussions in kids ages 3-21.
All concussions should be considered serious. It’s critical that concussions are properly managed until a child is completely recovered to prevent long-term symptoms and frequent recurrences.
Symptoms of concussions vary and may include nausea, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, headache, balance problems, loss of sensations, vision disturbances, and trouble sleeping. Sometimes long-term effects develop, such as chronic headaches, migraines and even depression.
Through the concussion management program, children receive a thorough evaluation of their symptoms. Then our team creates an individualized treatment plan for each patient.
The ultimate goal of our concussion treatment is to avoid complex issues following a concussion so kids can get back to school and activities faster.
As part of the patient evaluation, our team uses high-speed impulse goggles. This sophisticated technology includes two built-in cameras that take 250 pictures a second to allow the team to help pinpoint which part of the child’s vestibular system in the brain is affected.
The breadth of impact due to concussions requires a treatment program with expertise across all three therapy disciplines—physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. This multi-faceted approach to concussion gives kids the best chance for full recovery.
We have the only concussion management program in the region that incorporates the expertise of these three therapy disciplines to best address concussion’s impacts. The synergy of these three therapy disciplines working together provides kids the most benefit as they recover from concussion.
Understanding the Latest Research and Recommendations
Our team incorporates the latest concussion research into our treatment approach. In the past 10 years, the amount of research on concussions has skyrocketed. The recent findings have dramatically changed the way concussions are treated today.
For example, the previous thinking was that kids who have a concussion should be kept home in a dark room with no TV, phones or video games.
However, new research shows that getting kids active sooner—through mainly light activity—is better for kids even if they are still having symptoms.
The expert team at Ranken Jordan understands which activities are helpful and which are harmful as the brain heals. We also recognize and address the mental health issues, including depression, that can accompany the social limitations and restrictions caused by concussions.