Concussion Management Program

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Lehigh Valley Health Network offers a Concussion Management Program through the Physical Therapy Department at Lehigh Valley Hospital–S. Jackson Street, 420 South Jackson Street, Pottsville, PA.  Calls or inquiries should be made to 570-621-5175.

What is a concussion?

- A concussion is a mild Traumatic Brain Injury and should be treated seriously.
- Typically results in a rapid onset of short lived impairment of neurologic function that can evolve over 72 hours.
- Can be caused by a direct blow to the face, head or neck or anywhere else on the body with impulse force transmitted to the head.  You do not have to lose consciousness.
- The greatest risk for concussion for male athletes is football followed by rugby, hockey and soccer. For female athletes, the greatest risk is soccer then basketball.
- Can also be caused by falls, motor vehicle accidents or any accident that causes trauma to the head.

What should I do if I think I have a concussion?

Seek immediate attention at the nearest Emergency Department or dial 911 if needed.
Don't hide it. Tell a family member, coach, athletic trainer, school nurse, employer and/or your doctor. Take time to recover. Your brain needs time to heal. Physical rest is as important as cognitive rest.

What is the Concussion Management Program at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill S. Jackson Street?

The Concussion Management Program at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill S. Jackson Street is a multidisciplinary team that provides rehabilitation and clinical management following a concussion. We work in conjunction with a neurologist and/or your family doctor.

Treatment typically includes:

Physical Therapy - Vestibular Rehabilitation for dizziness/imbalance
Speech Therapy - Cognitive Therapy for memory, organization and problem solving

Guidelines for recovery

The key to recovery is physical and mental rest. Limit texting, internet use, video games and watching television. Avoid any activity that could cause another head injury. Diet should avoid alcohol. Stay hydrated and limit spicy foods.

Typical Signs and Symptoms

Physical - headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, balance problems, blurred vision, fatigue, numbness, tingling light/noise sensitivity
Cognitive - fogginess, forgetfulness, poor concentration
Emotional - irritable, sad, nervous, anxious, personality changes
Sleep - drowsiness, difficulty falling asleep/staying awake