When it comes to concussions, we don’t kid around
At Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we take concussions seriously. A concussion is an injury to the brain that disrupts normal brain function. The symptoms may last only a few minutes or for several months. But whether mild or severe, all concussions should be evaluated by a specialist within 24 to 72 hours. That’s where we come in.
Children’s Concussion Clinic provides comprehensive medical evaluation and treatment for children and young adults who have concussions caused by sports, accidents or falls. We’re well-versed in concussion care — and kids — so we’re uniquely equipped to help.
The pediatric concussion clinic is part of Children’s neuroscience program that includes specialists in neurosurgery, neurology, neuropsychology and others that care for brain and spine issues.
Concussion signs and tips for parents and coaches.
No two kids are alike. Neither are concussions
Some concussions heal in just a few days, while others can take months. That’s why Children’s Concussion Clinic treats each concussion — and each child — individually. We’ll establish the scope of your child’s concussion and determine a treatment plan based on his or her specific needs. Together, we’ll work to get your child back to school and play, on a schedule that’s safe.
The best treatment for concussion is rest — something kids aren’t always good at. But we’re here to help every step of the way. We’ll give you lots of information about concussions and their treatment. And we’ll help you talk with your child about why rest is so critical in the days after a concussion, and why it’s super important for kids to be honest about symptoms.
We’ll also provide you with a modified activity schedule to share with your child’s teachers and coaches, to keep them in the loop about your child’s condition. Then we’ll continue to follow your child until he or she has made a full recovery. Excellent concussion care is the best way to help prevent complications from a concussion — and to reduce the risk for further injury.
Safety is our specialty
Your child’s safety is our first priority. But we’re not the only ones who take concussions seriously. In Minnesota, it’s a law that every child with signs of a concussion receives medical clearance before returning to sports. Our concussion specialists will evaluate your child and determine when it’s safe for him or her to return to the rink, court or field. We use many neurological and diagnostic tools including computerized cognitive testing, physical and/or occupational therapy assessment and other diagnostic tools (ie. MRI, neuropsychology) to help make this determination. So you can feel confident knowing your child’s concussion has healed before he or she plays again.
Concussions can be scary. At Children’s, our goal is to provide the best possible concussion care in the most comforting way we can. And, if any questions or concerns come up along the way, we’re always here to help.