Concussion Care Network
Through our Concussion Care Network, medical specialists from Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital and Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group can treat head injuries and concussions in both children and adults. State law requires any child in an organized athletic program suspected of a concussion to be removed from play. To return to play, the child must be evaluated and cleared by a medical professional. We provide baseline testing, concussion screening, follow up care and guidance.
It’s important that a trained health care professional determine the severity of the concussion and when it is safe to return to sports. Our team of physicians, physician assistants and certified athletic trainers has extensive training in concussion management and will manage concussion in the best, most comprehensive way possible.
By using a variety of clinical tools to assess the severity and progress of each injury, individualized recommendations are made for each patient’s treatment and return to activity.
How to Make an Appointment
Request an appointment for a concussion screening or treatment online. Or, you may also select a physician from the Concussion Physicians listing below and contact the office directly. Patients are seen at individual physician offices.
Concussion Signs & Symptoms
There are many signs or symptoms that a person may be concussed. Some of these symptoms may appear immediately while others may take time to emerge. Additionally, how long a symptom lasts depends largely on the individual.
The following are signs and symptoms of concussions. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms after a direct or indirect blow to the head, contact a concussion physician.
- Headache or pressure in head
- Loss of consciousness
- Dazed, stunned or confused
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or balance problems
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Problems remembering, concentrating or focusing
- Changes in personality or behavior
The Concussion Care Network offers:
- ImPACT® testing
- Symptom score
- Balance testing
- Vestibular screening
- Neurocognitive testing
- Vision screening
- Neurological exam
Most concussions resolve in a reasonable amount of time. Should you or your child’s injury persist, we will draw on the expertise of our team, consisting of primary care, neurology, neuropsychology, sports medicine and vestibular therapy.
Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital concussion specialists recommend that all athletes, especially those involved in contact sports, complete a computerized neurocognitive test using the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assesssment and Cognitive Testing) system before their sports season starts to establish a baseline.
The baseline can then be compared to a post-concussion test should the athlete suffer a head injury during their season. Comparing the baseline and post-concussion scores allow schools, teams and healthcare providers to determine the athlete’s ability to return to school and athletic participation.
Baseline testing is recommended for athletes above age 10 and participating in contact sports such as:
In the event of a concussion, the brain needs rest from sports and school in order to heal. It is never safe to return to play if an athlete is experiencing any symptoms of a concussion.
Even if an athlete has not received a baseline test, he or she can still take the ImPACT test post-concussion due to its ability to assess severity of concussion and determine when it’s safe for them to return to play. Learn more about the ImPACT test.
Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital utilizes the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) system, which employs computerized neurocognitive assessment tools to assist in determining an athlete’s ability to return to play after suffering a concussion. The ImPACT concussion testing system is the most widely used, computer-based testing program in the world and is implemented across high school, collegiate and professional level sports, including the NFL.
The ImPACT program measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes, including:
- Attention span
- Working memory
- Sustained and selective attention time
- Response variability
- Non-verbal problem solving
- Reaction time
Impact test features:
- Measures player symptoms
- Measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time
- Reaction time measured to a 1/100th of second
- Assists clinicians and athletic trainers in making difficult return-to-play decisions
- Provides reliable baseline test information
- Produces a comprehensive report of test results
- Results are presented as a PDF file and can be emailed
- Automatically stores data from repeat testing
- Testing is administered online for individuals or groups
Even if an athlete has not received a baseline test, he or she can still take the ImPACT test post-concussion due to its ability to assess severity of concussion and determine when it’s safe for them to return to play.
The following physicians are members of the Concussion Care Network and are specially trained to treat children and adults in need of medical care and screening following a head injury.
To make an appointment, request one online. Or select a physician from the list below and call their offices directly – patients are seen at their office locations.
Al Baltrusaitis, DO
Brown Deer & Wauwatosa
Erin O’Tool, MD
Jamie Edwards, MD
Franklin & Wauwatosa
Goran Jankovic, MD
Orthopedic Family Medicine
Mount Pleasant | Phone: 262-687-7606
Racine | Phone: 262-687-5800