More than 17 years of leading-edge care and treatment of concussion
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. If a concussion is left untreated, recovery can be delayed and a patient may be vulnerable to more severe consequences and long-term effects following a second concussion. Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital provides a full range of services for people who have suffered this type of brain injury.
As one of the first acute rehabilitation hospitals in the country to treat brain injuries, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has been recognized as a leader in the field of concussion treatment and recovery for more than 17 years. Our program, which is led by a team of physicians, therapists and other clinical specialists, is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. We see patients starting at school-age and older.
Concussion recovery: Our team approach
Our team treats over 1000 concussion patients annually at our state-of-the-art Neuro Center at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. 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.
Adult post-concussion support group
This group, open to concussion patients in the Neurorehabilitation Program, concentrates on enhancing recovery through psychoeducation, symptom management and coping strategies. A clinical psychologist guides every meeting.
This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 12:00–1:00 pm in the Administration Building, First Floor, Conference Rooms 1–4. For information and to confirm meeting dates, call 484.596.5430 or email email@example.com.
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 get rest, both cognitive and physical, until the symptoms can be evaluated by a physician. One of our skilled clinicians with expertise in managing the complex symptoms often associated with a concussion injury, can help diagnose the condition and recommend appropriate treatments. We also offer a subthreshold treatment approach with specific therapy techniques designed to help concussion patients who have persisting symptoms recover as soon as possible.
Once the treatment staff determines they are ready, patients can expect to participate in a variety of innovative exercises, including training in preparation for return to sports, classroom simulation to prepare for return to school, training to resume work or household activities, and testing using specialized technology, such as ImPACT Testing, the SMART Balance Master and Dynavision D2.
Additional concussion recovery services may include:
- Neurological evaluation
- Neuropsychological evaluation and treatment for cognitive impairments
- Occupational therapy evaluation and treatment, including visual processing and ocular motor control
- Physiatrist evaluation and treatment
- Physical therapy evaluation and treatment, including balance and vestibular function
- Psychological counseling
- Speech therapy evaluation and treatment, including cognition and speech
Our specialized post-concussion program is offered at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and Main Line Health Center in Concordville. It is specifically designed to overcome whatever ongoing challenges and long-term effects remain after a person regularly attends outpatient therapy.
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. We will also ask family to take note of patient symptoms observed at visits with the patient. This further helps us to monitor patient progress and recovery.