SOURCE: HealthEast Care System

February 06, 2007 09:00 ET

New Treatment for Teens Who Suffer Concussions

ST. PAUL, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 6, 2007 -- Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota is launching the first-of-its-kind clinic in the Midwest to treat young people, especially athletes, who are injured with a concussion. Concussions can occur from a sports injury, car accident, fall or any blow to the head.

Bethesda Hospital is considered the Midwest expert in Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation with its inpatient programs. The new convenient, one-day clinic will offer treatment by experts who work with brain injury everyday, including physicians, neuro-psychologists and therapists.

"We are very excited to be able to offer this new Bethesda Concussion Clinic to the young people in our community, who are at risk for brain injuries," said Frank Indihar, MD, CEO Bethesda Hospital. "If an athlete returns to action too quickly and receives another blow, the results can result in headaches, inability to concentrate in school, memory loss and mood change."

The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota estimates that 94,000 Minnesotans are living with a disability because of a brain injury. One of the groups at highest risk for a Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI is teens ages 15-19 years old. Males are about 1.5 times as likely as females to sustain a TBI. The American College of Sports Medicine estimates that roughly 85 percent of concussions suffered go undiagnosed. Medical experts say it takes children longer than adults to recover from a concussion.

Sports where concussions and brain injuries frequently occur include football, soccer, boxing, skiing, snowboarding, baseball, skateboarding and horseback riding. In any given football season, ten percent of all college players and 20 percent of all high school players sustain brain injuries.

Concussions are mild brain injuries with symptoms that can include memory loss, trouble paying attention, impaired judgment, headaches, seizures, anxiety, depression and impulsive behavior.

Bethesda Hospital is located at 559 Capitol Blvd in St. Paul, Minnesota. To schedule an appointment at the Bethesda Concussion Clinic call 651-326-4323.

HealthEast Care System is a community-focused, non-profit health care system that provides a full spectrum of health services with compassionate care and cutting-edge technology. Hospitals include Bethesda Hospital, St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and Woodwinds Health Campus. As financial stewards in the community, HealthEast is the largest, locally owned health care provider in the Twin Cities' East Metro, with 7,000 employees and more than 1,400 physicians on staff.

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