Concussion – Patient Care and Treatment
Concussion care for children, teens and adults
A concussion, or mild brain injury, is common after a fall, car crash or hit to the head.
Our concussion experts have experience evaluating and treating concussions in children and athletes of all ages.
There are several ways to evaluate concussions. We look at a patient’s history as well as their symptoms.
- Event history - we ask questions about exactly what happened before, during and after a head injury.
- Imaging - we may use neuroimaging, such as a CAT scan or MRI, to rule out more serious brain injuries. These tests, however, do not show the effects of a concussion, and generally are not ordered.
Treatment and services
We work closely with many health care professionals to make a care plan for concussion patients. We work with other specialists within Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center including Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neural and Behavioral Sciences, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation (including sports medicine), Pediatrics and Surgery (including trauma services) as needed. We additionally make referrals to specialists within the community and assist families find proper treatment close to home.