Concussion Care Manual: A Practical Guide.pdf

Concussion Care Manual: A Practical Guide.pdf


This is a practical manual for clinicians who take care of patients with concussions. The long-term effects of concussions are an increasingly recognized problem in the medical community and by the general public. Most people recover well from concussions, but a substantial minority does not. However, most clinicians do not have specific training in how to evaluate and treat concussion patients who do not make a rapid and complete recovery. This manual, based on the experience of the director of the concussion clinic at Washington University in St Louis, provides specific step-by-step guidance for managing a variety of problems related to complex concussions: making an accurate diagnosis, general treatment strategies, headaches, sleep disruption, attention deficit, mood instability, anxiety and depression, post-traumatic stress, personality change, balance problems, dizziness, fatigue etc. Furthermore, there are specific sections on return to work, return to driving, return to school and return to contact sports. Finally, the manual includes information on special topics, such as concussion in adolescents, children, contact sport athletes, military personnel, and patients involved in medico-legal matters. The manual is written for clinicians with a broad range of backgrounds: primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, athletic trainers, emergency medicine doctors, neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, and rehabilitation medicine physicians should all be able to use the manual effectively. There is information on how to set up a specialty concussion clinic, and an extensive list of internet-based resources related to concussion. A list of other publications is provided to point to additional detailed information beyond what a pocket-sized 'on-the-fly' manual can provide.

David L. Brody, MD PhDAssociate Professor of NeurologyWashington University School of Medicine

Introduction ; Part I: Concussion Management: The Big Picture ; 1. What is a Concussion? ; 2. How Do You Make the Diagnosis? ; 3. Diagnosis of Sport Concussion ; 4. Which Problems Do You Address First? ; 5. General Treatment Strategies ; Part II: Specific Topics ; 6. Headaches ; 7. Sleep Disruption ; 8. Attention Deficit ; 9. Mood Instability ; 10. Anxiety and Depression ; 11. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ; 12. Personality Change ; 13. Balance Problems ; 14. Dizziness ; 15. Fatigue ; 16. Excessive Sleepiness ; 17. Memory Impairment ; 18. Executive Dysfunction ; 19. Parkinsonism ; 20. Blurry Vision ; 21. Hearing Problems ; 22. Smell and Taste Problems ; 23. Sexual Dysfunction ; 24. Seizures ; 25. Psychosis ; 26. Return to Work ; 27. Return to Driving ; 28. Return to School ; 29. Return to Contact Sports ; 30. When is it Safe to Fly or Travel to High Altitude? ; 31. Medico-legal Aspects of Concussion ; 32. Special Topics in Adolescents ; 33. Special Topics in Children ; 34. Special Topics in Contact Sport Athletes and Others with Multiple Concussions ; 35. Special Topic in Military Personnel ; Part III: How to Set Up and Run a Concussion Clinic ; 36. Staffing ; 37. Typical Flow for a Concussion Clinic ; 38. Return Visit Times ; Appendix: Additional Resources ; Internet-based resources ; Concussion-related Scales and Scores ; Additional Publications for More Detailed Information


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