Mild Traumatic Brain Injury – Seventy five percent of traumatic brain Injuries are defined as mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Mild TBI is a change in brain function after a trauma to the head and may or may not involve loss of consciousness. Concussions are considered a Mild TBI. Symptoms of mild TBI can include:
• Post-Concussion Syndrome
• Poor Concentration
• Changes in balance
• Memory difficulty
• Intellectual Impairment
• Post traumatic amnesia for not more than 24 hours
• Loss of consciousness for not more than 30 minutes
• Vision Changes
• Sensitivity to light or sound
These symptoms can be experienced for a matter of days to months.
*Source: Centers for Disease Control, 2016
The medical team involved in the clinic includes a physiatrist (a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation) and staff members from the following specialties:
• Clinic Coordinator
• Physical therapy
• Occupational therapy
• Speech Therapy
About the Program
After Mild TBI, often the need for treatment may not be recognized until months after the incident when academic, vocational, personal and family adjustment difficulties have become troublesome.
Madonna Therapy Plus’ mild traumatic brain injury comprehensive assessment is designed specifically for outpatients. The comprehensive clinic focuses on the medical, physical, cognitive (thinking) and emotional after-effects of mild head injury for children and adults.
Those seen in the program receive same-day recommendations and plans for a comprehensive and individualized program to monitor and address thinking, emotional changes, pain issues, patient/family education and specialized programs that support return to work and other life roles. The referring physician, patient and other stakeholders as appropriate, receive a written report. Same day recommendations for next steps are given based on assessment results.
A comprehensive approach is particularly well-suited for the patient who experiences multiple cognitive, emotional and physical complaints such as difficulty with memory, irritability and headache.
If you think you are a candidate for the clinic or if you suspect that you have experienced a mild traumatic brain injury in the past year, see your physician and ask for a referral.
The referring physician should specify “Madonna Mild TBI Comprehensive Assessment.” Patients can also be directly referred by their case manager, attorney, school personnel, etc. in which case Madonna will coordinate referral with the primary physician.