Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, one of the first acute rehabilitation
hospitals in the country to treat brain injuries, has been recognized as
a leader in the field for more than 30 years. Our program, which is led
by a team of physicians, therapists and other clinicians who specialize
in the field, is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and by the
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Bryn Mawr Rehab provides a full continuum of care for individuals who
have suffered this type of brain injury. If a concussion is left
untreated, recovery can be delayed and a patient is more vulnerable to
more severe consequences and long term effects following a second
Symptoms of a concussion include:
changes in vision
dizziness, nausea or balance problems
feeling sluggish, foggy or unable to think clearly
changes in sleep patterns
sensitivity to light or noise
difficulty with short term memory or attention
irritability, depression, increased emotionality or anxiety
Concussion Recovery: Our Approach
Our team treats over 500 concussion patients annually at our
state-of-the-art Comprehensive Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Center.
Concussion patients come to us with routine to complex injuries, but
leave with functional outcomes due in large part to the individualized, creative
approach we bring to concussion care. All patients first undergo a
comprehensive initial evaluation by our team. Following a comprehensive
analysis of the results, we create a customized concussion treatment
plan designed to facilitate recovery.
The Concussion program at Bryn Mawr Rehab is open to patients aged 13
and older. Our patients enjoy an active lifestyle, and may or may not be
fully aware of the severity of their injury. As each case is different,
so are our treatments.
After suffering a concussion, it is important to first be evaluated by a
skilled clinician with expertise in managing the complex symptoms often
associated with a concussion (brain) injury. Until the symptoms can be
evaluated by a physician, cognitive and physical rest is the hallmark of
early treatment of concussion. We also offer a sub-threshold treatment
approach with specific therapy techniques designed to facilitate
recovery of concussion patients with persisting symptoms. When deemed
ready by the treatment staff, patients can expect to participate in an
assortment of innovative exercises, training in preparation for return
to sports, classroom simulation to prepare for return to school, and
specialized technology, including use of concussion tests such as
ImPACT® Testing, the SMART Balance Master® and Dynavision 2.
Additional concussion recovery services may include:
physiatrist evaluation and treatment
physical therapy, including balance and vestibular function
speech therapy, including cognition and speech
neuropsychological evaluation for cognitive impairments
occupational therapy, including visual processing and ocular
Our specialized post-concussion program is specifically designed
to overcome whatever ongoing challenges and long term effects remain
after regularly attending outpatient therapy, and is offered at Bryn
Mawr Rehab Hospital.
Family Involvement in the Concussion Recovery Process
During the recovery process, a patient’s family members are actively
engaged as important members of the team. Often they are charged with
making decisions on behalf of their patient and are typically tasked
with monitoring progress in between visits to Bryn Mawr Rehab.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.