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August Q and A Concussions Part 3

August 14, 2016

Every 15 seconds, someone in America has a concussion, and 1.5 million people live with traumatic brain injury every day. This month, experts from the Rochester Regional Health Concussion Program will answer questions about concussions and why seeking treatment is so important.

Question #3: What can I expect in the treatment plan for a concussion?

Everyone recovers and responds to concussions differently and recovery times may vary. Many concussions resolve within 7 to 10 days. However, some concussions can last for weeks or months. Some factors that affect recovery time include:

  • Age
  • Previous concussion history and recovery
  • Headache disorders
  •  History of Learning Disability, ADD, ADHD, etc.
  • Prior Psychiatric conditions (Anxiety, depression, bipolar, etc.)

We perform a comprehensive review of current concerns and symptoms, pertinent medical history, previous records, imaging and conduct a physical examination at the initial evaluation. Treatment plan is then individualized to each patient based on our findings and patient concerns but recommendations can include:

  • Rest (physical and cognitive)
  • Recovery progression: Establish plan for working back into school and/or sports
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Vestibular and Physical Therapy
  • Imaging

Our program is different because we take care of all concussions regardless of mechanism sustained. We strive for early access to our experts, who can be seen as soon as a day or two after the injury. Our team is composed of experts ranging from neurology, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurosurgery, physical therapy, and neuropsychology, all with experience in treating the different aspects of concussion.

On Thursday, August 18, Rochester Regional Health experts will join former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly prior to the Rochester Red Wings game at 7:05 for a discussion on concussions as Rochester Regional Health launches the region’s first concussion program designed for everyone. Learn more about Rochester Regional Health’s Concussion Program here.