Nearly four million concussions occur each year. While common, concussions should not be dismissed nor should their symptoms be ignored. At Williams Integracare Clinic, we specialize in concussion treatment and recovery and have Central Minnesota’s credentialed ImPACT consultant on staff in Mark Halstrom, MD.
Williams Integracare Clinic offers the full spectrum of concussion rehabilitation services, and has integrated healthcare including chiropractic, family practice, and physical therapy. Our centralized platform ensures concussion patients achieve their best recovery sooner with continuity of care and unrivaled communication.
How They Occur
Concussions are caused by trauma to the head. This doesn’t mean the direct point of impact has to be the head; an impact anywhere on the body or a sudden deceleration/acceleration can cause brain injury. Concussion symptoms range from a headache and blurred vision to nausea and personality changes. Concussions can be a result of an injury from sports, car accidents, falls, or other head trauma.
What to Look For
- Headache or pressure
- Blurred or double vision
- Loss of balance
- Memory loss
- Ear ringing
- Difficulty concentrating
- Inaccurate or inability of comprehension
- Sensitivity to bright lights and loud sounds
All concussions should be assessed by a medical professional regardless of symptom severity. Williams Integracare Clinic concussion services includes education, consultation, baseline testing, and rehabilitation. ImPACT testing is conducted as part of the baseline test to determine visual and balance competencies. ImPACT is the industry leader in concussion management.
Concussion Warning Signs That Require Immediate Attention
- Difficulty speaking, walking, or moving arms
- Stiff neck
- Severe headache
- Incontrollable vomiting
- Worsening confusion
Rehabilitation The integrated way we approach healthcare at Williams Integracare Clinic puts the patient at the heart of what we do. Concussion rehabilitation may focus on improving visual and cognitive performance, regaining function to complete daily activities, improving balance, activity and environmental modification to increase resumption of activity at work, school and home. A large portion of our concussion rehabilitation is education and training for safe return to sport and physical activity, as well as avoiding secondary concerns or post-concussive syndrome.
There are significant risks to not seeking help after suffering a concussion, or returning to your sport or activity level without clearance from your provider.