At NYU Langone’s Concussion Center, we know that this form of traumatic brain injury may lead to long-term consequences if not treated properly. Concussions can happen anytime: when a teen takes a tough hit during a football game, an older adult falls and hits his or her head, or a driver gets whiplash during a car accident. If you’ve experienced a concussion, getting the right treatment can help you recover quickly and more completely.
The care team at our Concussion Center guides you through every step of the treatment process. Your journey may start with our emergency room experts or during your initial meeting with our medical leaders in neurology, sports medicine, or physical medicine and rehabilitation.
We conduct a thorough examination to check your balance, coordination, and vision. We also perform cognitive testing to determine whether your memory, concentration, or language skills have been affected. Depending on the severity of the injury, our doctors may recommend imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, the results of which are thoroughly reviewed by our neuroradiologists.
Following this medical assessment, we develop a treatment plan that may include connecting you with the specialists who can best help with your recovery. We are committed to delivering the most advanced medical treatment to our patients while also providing the support you need to achieve a full recovery.
Many rehabilitation services are available at the 4,000-square-foot Concussion Center, a unique space in New York City that brings together multiple specialists to ensure you receive comprehensive care for your injury. Our space was designed for people who’ve had concussions: Lighting is dim, colors are tranquil, and there are no televisions or other distractions that could be uncomfortable for someone recovering from a concussion.
The Concussion Center is staffed by physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, and speech–language pathologists who specialize in concussion treatment. We provide vision rehabilitation to improve visual, perceptual, and motor skills, such as reading, writing, computer use, and other work- and school-related activities. Vocational therapy is also available to help people return to the workplace after a concussion.
We also offer general orthopedic physical therapy for musculoskeletal injuries related to concussion, vestibular rehabilitation to maximize the body’s natural ability to compensate for symptoms of dizziness and balance disorders, and an exertional therapy program to help you return to sports and activity.
Problems with understanding or producing written and verbal language are addressed as well. Our speech–language pathologists provide therapies that maximize memory and attention skills and aid in the understanding of language. The goal is to help people reclaim their independence by teaching strategies that can be used at home, work, and in school.
In addition, we offer neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology services, including cognitive and psychological assessment, cognitive remediation, and individual and group psychological interventions.
To help coordinate your care, we have a program manager and program coordinator dedicated to helping you make appointments and access services in a timely manner. If you need to see a neurosurgeon, otolaryngologist, psychiatrist, or sleep medicine expert, or if you require psychological services from experts at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation or the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, we can facilitate this care. Care for children and adolescents is provided through Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.
We are at the forefront of concussion research. Current research focuses on rapid sideline screening, the impact of a concussion on vision and brain processing, group therapy treatments, and better ways to use imaging to understand the pathology of concussion. Our researchers are working to establish a standardized approach to treating children and adults with head injuries that is firmly grounded in evidence-based research.
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Dr. Cardone is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and chief of the Division of Primary Care Sports Medicine. He is a fellowship-trained and board-certified specialist in pediatric and adult sports medicine. He is chief medical officer for the Public Schools Athletic League, which manages sports competition for the New York City Department of Education. He is also head team physician for the NYU and Long Island University athletic programs.View Full Profile
Dr. Flanagan joined NYU Langone in 2008 as the Howard A. Rusk Professor and Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine and medical director of Rusk Rehabilitation. He has received the Brain Injury Association of New York State’s Champion of Hope Award for his outstanding dedication to patient care and rehabilitation from the effects of traumatic brain injury. Dr. Flanagan serves on numerous medical advisory boards, including those of the Brain Trauma Foundation and the Brain Injury Association of New York State.View Full Profile
Ms. Pagnotta is responsible for daily operations at the Concussion Center, including policy development and implementation, educational endeavors, marketing, research, and center expansion. As director of strategic initiatives, Ms. Pagnotta supports the development of new projects and programming within NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. She received a master of physical therapy degree from Hahnemann University (which has since merged into Drexel University) and a master of public health degree from Columbia University.
Ms. Sproul is a registered nurse who has more than 20 years of experience in pediatric, geriatric, and cardiac rehabilitation and nursing administration. She has a master’s degree in public administration from NYU and is certified in rehabilitation nursing and geriatric nursing. In her role, she is responsible for day-to-day interactions with patients and facilitates various aspects of their clinical care, as well as helps with the overall development of the Concussion Center.