The Concussion Program at GW Hospital
When you take a blow to the head or get hit in the body and it causes your head to rapidly move back and forth, it could result in a concussion, which is a type of traumatic brain injury. The sudden movement can cause your brain to bounce around or twist in your skull. This can cause chemical changes in your brain and can damage brain cells.
The effects of a concussion can be serious. That's why GW Hospital offers comprehensive concussion care as part of the Sports Medicine Program. We offer a thorough approach to the evaluation and care of concussions. Every athlete is different, and every injury is different. It’s important to individualize care in order to work toward the best outcomes.
Schedule an In-Person or Virtual Appointment
Please fill out our general appointment form below or call our referral service at 888-4GW-DOCS to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment. Virtual Health enables you to speak with providers using your phone, tablet or computer.
Treating Your Concussion Issues
There can be many symptoms and difficulties after concussion. Taken together these can result in a significant impact on day to day function, including not only sports, but also work and school. As part of our treatment plan, we include specific care for:
- Mood changes and emotional factors that can accompany concussion
- Neck pain
- Post traumatic headache
- Problems with cognition (thinking, memory and concentration)
- Sleep problems
All these issues have to be addressed together, as part of the whole treatment plan, as they all impact each other.
Every injury is different and every person who is injured is different. So it’s important that an effective evaluation and treatment plan has to take this into consideration. Importantly, as part of our planning, we provide support and education, as well as a very structured approach to help ensure a safe return to play.
Our Concussion Team
Our team includes several physicians with a specialty in Brain Injury Medicine, as well as a neuropsychologist, and a range of rehabilitation specialists who have additional training specific to concussion. These include Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Pathologists (cognitive rehabilitation).