What are concussion clinics?
Interview: Andrew Gregory, M.D., assistant professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation, Vanderbilt
After the suicide of former NFL star, Junior Seau, revealed a traumatic brain condition caused by violent hits throughout his football career, parents of young athletes have been taking concussions seriously. The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine recently opened a concussion clinic to provide coordinated concussion care for youth athletes. Concussion clinics now exist in 35 states and are expanding rapidly. According to Andrew Gregory, M.D., an assistant professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation at Vanderbilt, the treatment for head injuries varies from patient to patient, butall concussion patients should abstain from activity until their concussion is completely healed and all symptoms have been alleviated. The concussion clinic at Vanderbilt provides cognitive and behavioral neurology care, headache management, mood evaluation and treatment, and neuro-ophthalmology care