Concussion Management

Raleigh Orthopaedic Concussion Clinic

Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC) has always been the premier Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Group in the Triangle. It now has added  a cutting edge Concussion Clinic in Raleigh (and in other locations), which will be at the forefront of concussion education, prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.

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Leading causes of concussion:

  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle-related injury
  • Unintentionally being struck by or against an obstacle
  • Assaults
  • Playing sports

Symptoms, which require seeing a concussion specialist in Raleigh

Understanding the signs and symptoms of a concussion can help you get better quicker. Not all concussion symptoms are evident right away. If you or your child have sustained a head injury, it’s advisable to see a concussion specialist at our Raleigh Orthopaedic Concussion Clinic right away. The symptoms to watch out for include, but are not limited to:

  • Headaches that get worse and do not go away.
  • Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination.
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Looking drowsy or struggling to wake up.
  • Having one pupil (the black part in the middle of the eye) larger than the other.
  • Experiencing convulsions or seizures.
  • Inability to recognize people or places.
  • Increased sensations of confusion, restlessness, or agitation.
  • Showing unusual behavior.
  • Loss of consciousness.
  • Having difficulty in thinking clearly
  • Fuzzy or blurry vision
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Dizziness
  • Sadness
  • Sensitivity to noise or light
  • Balance problems
  • Changed sleep patterns
  • Feeling tired, having no energy
  • Irritability, nervousness or anxiety

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Read more about signs and symptoms of concussions.

When visiting our Raleigh Orthopaedic Concussion Clinic, patients who suffer a head injury will undergo an extensive evaluation to allow creation of a treatment plan.

First, thorough medical history and complete physical exams will be performed. This physical exam will involve cognitive, musculoskeletal, neurological, vestibular, and memory testing (using ImPACT, if appropriate). The patient and parents will be thoroughly educated in all the risks and complications of concussions.

After reviewing all clinical data and exams, a clinical diagnosis will be rendered and the patient will be treated appropriately (including school restrictions if needed).

Our expert concussion team will then coordinate the patient’s return to play with athletics trainers, coaches, parents, and the athlete, including sport specific instructions. Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic follows the Gfeller-Waller law passed in North Carolina in 2011.

Our Concussion Medical Director, Dr. Chad Greer, and his medical team of concussion specialists of Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, have been treating concussions in the triangle since 2011. During that time Dr. Greer has seen over 700 concussions. He works closely with athletic trainers, coaches, parents, and athletes to evaluate, diagnose, and treat concussions along with their short and long-term complications.

Dr. Greer is a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant, having undergone extensive training in using Neuropsychological testing to aid in concussion diagnosis and management.

Dr. Jaime Pedraza also specializes in concussion management and utilizes ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), which is the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system.

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To schedule an appointment at the Raleigh Orthopaedic Concussion Clinic

Appointments for Raleigh Orthopaedic can be scheduled directly by patients/parents, physicians, athletic trainers, or coaches. Please contact our concussion hotline which directs you to our Concussion Athletic Trainers (see below) or call our appointment line at (919)863-6808.

For appointments with Dr. Greer (patients age 18-26 years old) call Katie at (919) 781-5600 Ext: 5623

For appointments with Dr. Pedraza (patients age 5-30 years old) call Liz at (919) 781-5600 Ext: 5611

The Raleigh Orthopaedic Expert Concussion Management Team is ready to assist you in your head injury evaluation or by obtaining baseline Neuropsychological (ImPACT) testing. The Raleigh Orthopaedic Concussion Clinic is available at five convenient locations in Raleigh, North Raleigh, Cary, Garner and Holly Springs. Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic will also accommodate walk-in concussions to our urgent care clinic, located at:

  • 3001 Edwards Mill Road in Raleigh on weekdays from 8:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 


Concussion Information


ImPACT (Neuropsychological Testing)

 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.