Therapy Services

Concussion Management Program

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a bump or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. There may or may not be a loss of consciousness. This movement of the brain within the skull can cause chemical changes in the brain that can result in a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Dizziness
  • Memory loss
  • Fogginess
  • Anxiety
  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Visual disturbances

Concussions can affect people of all ages and result from a work, sport or recreational activity. Studies have shown that a multidisciplinary approach to managing symptoms of a concussion is most effective for a successful recovery. At Burke, we have a dedicated team of specialized professionals with advanced training and experience in concussion management who coordinate care with the following medical professionals:

  • Physicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Neuro-Optometrists
  • Speech Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists

At Burke, we utilize a variety of specialized, evidence-based techniques to assist in screening the vestibular system, visual system, cervical (neck) component and activity tolerance. Our team works together to address the whole patient and help them reach their goals, including return to sport, school and work.

Return to Sport Program:
This aspect of the program begins with an evaluation from a trained vestibular physical therapist who develops a customized treatment plan addressing vestibular, ocular, cervical, balance and exertional symptoms.
An exertional assessment may be completed your first week or when your vestibular symptoms are stable. This may include treadmill testing and sport specific drills, all while monitoring your heart rate, blood pressure and symptom provocation. 
You will carefully be progressed through the stages of the Zurich Return to Play Protocol in collaboration with your vestibular therapist and certified athletic trainer/physical therapist.

To participate in the outpatient Concussion Management Program at Burke, you will need a prescription from your doctor. He or she may also require you to take certain tests prior to providing the prescription and beginning the program.

Please have the prescription and any rest results faxed to (914) 253-9372. Once they are received, Burke will contact you to schedule an evaluation with one of our vestibular therapists at one of our three locations.

After the evaluation, you will be enrolled in a treatment program where your therapist will determine the frequency of visits based on your individualized needs.

The outpatient Concussion Management Program is available at:

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