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MetroHealth's new concussion clinic

10:45 PM, Aug 13, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND --  The Concussion Clinic provides comprehensive follow-up care for concussive brain trauma.

Its nationally ranked Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation team works five days a week at MetroHealth Medical Center and the MetroHealth Strongsville Health Center.

The goal is to make high-quality care easily accessible to ensure patients don't lose neurological function from this treatable injury.

"In recent years, the medical field has made tremendous advances in our ability to diagnose and properly manage concussions," said Kermit Fox, MD, a physiatrist at MetroHealth.

 "We've discovered that concussions are more common -- and possibly more dangerous -- than we supposed even as recently as five years ago."

MetroHealth's Emergency Department sees two to three patients each day for concussion injuries, which are typically caused by a blow to the head or a whiplash injury of the head and neck.

Concussions can affect concentration, memory, judgment, reflexes, speech, balance and muscle coordination.  

Some of the warning signs for concussions include a loss of consciousness, as well as cuts or bruises on the face or head. However, concussions are referred to as a silent injury because there often are no signs of trauma and less than 10% of athletes suffering from a concussion actually lose consciousness. 

"Sometimes the symptoms of concussion, such as headache, dizziness, sleep changes, or feeling a little foggy can be minimized by people, but it is important to receive good supportive care early to prevent such problems from taking root, and also to prevent re-injury, which can be devastating," said Mary Vargo, MD, Director of the Concussion Clinic.

To schedule an appointment with the MetroHealth Concussion Clinic, call 216-778-4414.

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