A bump or jolt to the head may cause concussion, a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Symptoms must be evaluated quickly, with prompt expert diagnosis and concussion treatment to prevent impairment or even death.
The neurologists, sports medicine physicians and neurosurgeons in the Concussion Program are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating concussion.
When concussion happens, Concussion Program specialists work closely with the Emergency Trauma Center at Abington Memorial Hospital to provide rapid and sophisticated concussion treatment.
After emergency care, patients referred for follow-up in our program are seen within 24 to 48 hours for evaluation, including ImPACT testing. Each patient receives an individualized concussion treatment plan and additional care if needed. Patients are monitored closely and given written clearance to return to school and sports when medically ready.
Concussion in Young Athletes
From football and soccer fields to basketball courts, bike trails and playgrounds, U.S. children and teenagers suffer more than 173,200 concussions each year.
We have the expertise and technology to evaluate concussion patients according to the Pennsylvania Safety in Youth Sports Act. This law requires that school athletes who have sustained concussion must be further evaluated after emergency care. Athletes may not return to school and resume athletic activity until they have been medically cleared.
To Refer an Athlete to the Concussion Program
Coaches, trainers or parents may refer an athlete for follow-up care with one of our concussion specialty physicians. Call 215-481-HEAD (4323). Appointments available within 24 to 48 hours.