Penn Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Penn Concussion Clinic

The Penn Concussion Clinic is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary center designed to treat the needs most commonly faced by individuals who have recently suffered a concussion - either through a sports or non-sports related trauma. Our team consists of brain injury and sports physiatrists, clinical neuropsychologists, and a vestibular therapist. We use evidence-based approaches to diagnose and manage acute and chronic manifestations of concussion. Patients will be given a comprehensive initial evaluation with prescriptive feedback, and will be followed regularly until their symptoms subside. 

Common Symptoms of Concussion Include:

  • Headache
  • Fogginess
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Visual blurring/double vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sensitivity to light or sounds
  • Dizziness
  • Memory dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Balance problems

How Our Rehabilitation Team Treats Concussion

First, patients will meet with a neuropsychologist. A short interview will take place and neurocognitive testing will be performed as appropriate.

Patients will also meet with one of our medical doctors who specializes in concussion management. Our team consists of physicians who specialize in either Sports or Non-Sports related concussions. You will see a specialist who fits your specific needs.  The doctor will complete an interview and physical exam in order to diagnose any concussion-related physical problems and rule out other, potentially more serious, injuries or illnesses.

If there are problems with dizziness or balance, a referral to a vestibular physical therapist will be made. At the end of the visit, the providers will discuss the case together, and join the patient and family to talk about a diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to the patient's specific needs.

Each patient will be given the Penn Concussion Clinic Recovery Workbook which provides information to guide you through the recovery process. The workbook also contains worksheets to help our team fully understand each patient's unique symptom course and design the most appropriate treatment strategies.

The patient will be followed regularly until their symptoms improve.

If a concussion is diagnosed or suspected:

Mental and physical rest is vital. This means true rest:

  • Very minimal phone calls, texting, television, video games, loud music
  • Limit exposure to bright lights
  • Limit Physical Exertion

As difficult as it may be, truly resting your body and mind following a concussion could result in you returning to your life much faster and avoid potential long-term complications.

If you have experienced a concussion, the experts at the Penn Concussion Clinic at the Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine at the Rittenhouse Campus can help you navigate a return you to your normal life as quickly and safely as possible.

To Request an Appointment at the Concussion Clinic, please call 215-893-2607 and ask to be scheduled for the concussion clinic.