The Beaumont Concussion Clinic offers comprehensive, specialized acute care for children and adults who experience a concussion. Located in the Neuroscience Center on the campus of Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, the center is staffed by experienced neuroscience professionals who provide prompt, expert care in an outpatient setting.
Family members of those who may have experienced a concussion in the past two weeks can access the clinic staff via a 24-hour hotline - 855-469-4323. All patients will be seen within 72 hours, a critical timeframe for concussion evaluation.
Knowing the warning signs of a concussion and when to seek medical attention is very important. Symptoms may be quite subtle, such as feeling a little funny, or briefly "seeing stars" or "bright lights." In addition to loss of consciousness, typical concussion symptoms and signs include:
- loss of balance
- slurred speech
- double vision
Those who experience a complex concussion might have prolonged symptoms and/or mental impairment for weeks to months. Children who experience multiple concussions tend to fall into this group.
Children and adults with a suspected concussion should be evaluated by a neuroscience clinician within 72 hours and should not return to specific activities, such as sports and outdoor activities, until medically cleared. Returning too soon greatly increases the risks of more post-concussive symptoms with prolonged recovery and puts the patient at risk of additional injuries due to increased reaction time, slowed information-processing and impaired coordination.
Beaumont also offers pre-concussion baseline screenings for high school athletes to ensure accurate post-concussion return-to-play timelines. For more information on Beaumont's new concussion clinic or pre-concussion baseline screenings for high school athletes, call 855-469-4323.
The Beaumont neuroscience team includes board-certified adult and pediatric neurologists as well as a nurse practitioner.
Team members evaluate patients and develop a program to allow a safe return to activity, whether that activity is a sport, school or work.
The clinicians of the Beaumont Concussion Clinic use ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), which is the most widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. The ImPACT test is given post injury at the first visit
following a concussion and again seven days later as a follow-up.
The clinical evaluation, along with the results of the ImPACT testing, allows our team to provide recommendations regarding the best treatment plan to help maximize a complete recovery following a concussion.