The number of children and adolescents diagnosed with concussions is dramatically rising.
East Suburban Pediatrics is dedicated to providing your child with state-of-the art concussion management.
Baseline and Post-injury ImPACT® Concussion Testing is available in our offices for all children ages 5 years and older.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a mild injury to the brain that may be caused by any blow or even a small bump to the head. While concussions are most common in children who play sports and sustain an injury during play, they can happen to anyone.
Symptoms of a concussion may include headache, nausea, vomiting, balance problems, fogginess, dizziness, sensitivity to light or noise, feeling more tired or sluggish than usual, confusion, concentration or memory problems.
If you suspect that your child may have a concussion, he should be removed from play immediately and should not return to play until evaluated by a qualified health care provider. Please call our office to schedule an evaluation.
Most children with head injuries do not need to be seen in the emergency room or an urgent care. However, call us immediately or take your child to the emergency room if he has any of the following symptoms: one pupil larger than the other, excessive drowsiness or can’t be awakened, headache that is significantly worsening, numbness, repeated vomiting, seizures, loss of consciousness, disorientation or behavioral changes. If you are unsure please call the on-call provider who is available 24/7.
ImPACT® Concussion Testing
ImPACT® is the most commonly used and only FDA-cleared assessment tool for concussions in children and adults. ImPACT® is a computer or iPad-based neurocognitive function test that helps our providers diagnose and manage concussions. Dr. Keller is a Credentialed ImPACT® Consultant with additional training in the use of ImPACT® as a tool in concussion management.
One of the most important features of ImPACT® testing is the use of baseline testing before an injury ever occurs. In the event of a head injury, post-injury ImPACT® testing can be used to compare results to your child’s baseline to maximize our diagnostic and treatment plan.
We recommend baseline ImPACT® testing for all children 5 years and older, but especially those in competitive sports who are at higher risk of head injuries. Call our office today to schedule your child’s 20 minute baseline ImPACT® test. Please note that many insurance companies do not cover baseline testing, therefore, we charge a nominal fee to you for baseline ImPACT® testing.