Helping patients recover from concussion and safely return to work, life and play
Concussion is a common type of brain injury, an alteration or temporary loss of brain function that may result in physical, behavioral or cognitive changes, such as slurred speech or memory loss. Delayed concussion symptoms (within 24 to 48 hours) may occur, and if a concussion is left untreated, recovery can take even longer. This can also make a patient vulnerable to more severe consequences and long-term effects if they were to have a second concussion. Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, provides a full range of concussion treatments, post-concussion therapy and services for people who have suffered this type of brain injury.
As one of the first acute rehabilitation hospitals in the country to provide treatment for brain injury, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has been recognized as a leader in the field of concussion treatment, including sports concussion treatment and recovery, for more than 17 years. Our concussion specialist team includes:
- Nurse practitioners
- Cognitive and speech therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
We treat more than 1,000 concussion patients every year at our Bryn Mawr Rehab Neuro Centers in Malvern and Concordville. We also provide concussion rehab outpatient therapy and treatment for concussion at our Broomall and Collegeville locations.
Our program is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Our physicians treat patients 13 years and older and our therapists work with patients eight years and older.
Comprehensive concussion testing approach unique to Bryn Mawr Rehab
The science of concussion is evolving as researchers, doctors and therapists come to greater understanding about concussion recovery stages and the process of returning to work, school and play. At Bryn Mawr Rehab we apply the latest practices and knowledge when it comes to treating concussions. Whereas many rehab facilities perform just one test, our concussion treatment approach includes concussion baseline testing and a comprehensive evaluation based on multiple specialized concussion tests, including:
- ImPACT test – Computerized test used to measure cognitive function, including attention span, memory, reaction time and problem solving
- King Devick test – Uses a series of number charts to test rapid eye movement; looks for errors in reading and speed of reading
- Computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) – Used to assess balance; involves the child/athlete standing on a special platform, harnessed for safety
- Cognitive and oculomotor assessment – Uses a large lighted board hanging on a wall to evaluate visual, cognitive, and motor function
Concussion patients come to us with varying degrees of impairment based on the severity of their injury. Due to our individualized, creative, and multidisciplinary approach to patient care, they achieve positive outcomes.
Many clients have goals of returning to meaningful, productive and healthy lives. Each client sets goals that he or she wants to achieve in the program. 80 percent of our clients met the goal of returning to productive activity by discharge.
Adult post-concussion support group
This group is open to concussion therapy patients in the Neurorehabilitation Program. The group concentrates on enhancing concussion recovery through psychoeducation, symptom management and coping strategies. A clinical psychologist guides every meeting.
The post-concussion support group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 12:00–1:00 pm in the Administration Building at Bryn Mawr Rehab in Malvern, First Floor, Conference Rooms 1-4. For information and to confirm meeting dates, call 484.596.5430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 the patient. We will also ask family to take note of concussion symptoms observed at visits with the patient. This further helps us to monitor patient progress and recovery.