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Concussion Management Program for Concussion Treatment

Approximately 75 percent of all head injuries are concussions, and the numbers are quickly growing. In the last decade alone, concussions increased 200 percent among teens ages 14 to 19. While loss of consciousness can be a symptom of a concussion, it is associated with fewer than 20% of concussions. For every age, early diagnosis and proper treatment are crucial to long-term brain health.

2 weeks

The typical time it takes youth’s symptoms to resolve from a concussion

The Ochsner Concussion Management Program is the first and largest of its kind in the Gulf South dedicated to fast diagnosis and the best treatment available. Our group of board-certified physicians are specialists in concussion management with extensive training in sports medicine, sports neurology and traumatic brain injury. Patients can expect top-of-the-line assessments, immediate treatment, concussion education and ongoing services like serial assessments, counseling, return to play surveillance and cognitive therapy. At Ochsner, we’re committed to quickly and safely getting you back to your normal activities — whether that’s on the field or at a desk.

Why Ochsner Concussion Management Program?

Team of Experts

Doctors in the Ochsner Concussion Management Program have completed additional fellowship training in sports medicine, sports neurology, or traumatic brain injury, plus patients have access to an extensive network of pediatric specialists and other medical professionals.

Advanced Procedures

 Our program uses state-of-the art computerized assessments utilized in collegiate and professional sports to help measure cognitive function after a concussion. This along with other clinical tools help our physicians make the appropriate decisions regarding safe return to learn, return to work, and return to play. We are pushing the envelope and making sure that we keep ahead of the curve with the evolving technological landscape in concussion management.

Embedded in the Community

The Ochsner Concussion Management Program partners with more than 45 high schools, colleges and recreational sports leagues across the state, working with over 5,000 athletes to provide computerized baseline ImPACT neurocognitive testing and continued care.  Ochsner offers care for concussions at six Concussion Management Program locations across the greater New Orleans area.

Symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Double vision
  • Forgetfulness
  • Emotional lability (extreme emotions)
  • Changes in personality
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Balance issues
  • Sensitivity to light

Signs & Symptoms Observed of Patient

Symptoms Reported by Patient

Appears dazed or stunned

Headache or “pressure” in head

Is confused about assignment or position

Nausea or vomiting

Forgets sports plays

Balance problems or dizziness

Is unsure of game, score, or opponent 

Double or blurry vision

Moves clumsily 

Sensitivity to light 

Answers questions slowly 

Sensitivity to noise 

Loses consciousness (even briefly) 

Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy

Shows behavior or personality

Concentration or memory problems changes

Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall 

Confusion 

Can’t recall events after hit or fall

Does not “feel right”

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