SOURCE: Northwell Health

North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

April 29, 2016 10:54 ET

Northwell Health Announces Expansion of Concussion Program

MANHASSET, NY--(Marketwired - April 29, 2016) - Northwell Health has expanded its concussion program to provide greater access to qualified medical professionals in the evaluation and management of concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The program is designed for both athletes and non-athletes with the goal of speeding recovery and reintegrating patients back into their day-to-day routines. 

"The public has been bombarded by a plethora of information about concussion, some of which is inaccurate and/or confusing," said Rosanna Sabini, DO, the program's medical director. "We recognize the vital importance of providing up-to-date treatment and individualized concussion evaluation and management services to the community through a program staffed by physicians and multiple subspecialties with expertise in concussion and traumatic brain injury. We are committed to the highest standards of practice, with the goal of early reintegration into daily activities."

The program's patient-centered, team approach includes the collaboration of many service lines throughout the health system including clinicians from physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation), neurology, trauma, neurosurgery, orthopedics, neuropsychology, physical therapy and radiology

Northwell Health's Concussion Program services individuals seven years of age or older. The public can call the program's hotline number and coordinators of the Concussion Program will connect individuals with a specialty physician at one of the health system's locations. Physicians will take a thorough history and perform a clinical examination, including a complete neurological exam, to evaluate for concussion and TBI. If deemed necessary, a patient will also undergo further evaluation, which may include a brain scan, neuropsychological evaluation, and/or balance/vestibular evaluation. Factors contributing to symptoms will be addressed in the treatment plan. For instance, physical and balance therapy may be recommended to improve dizziness, agility and performance for return to participation.

"With concussion rates on the rise, it is becoming increasingly important for patients to be evaluated and treated in a timely fashion," said Paul Wright, MD, chair, neurology at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, both members of Northwell Health. "We are delighted to expand the neurological and neurosurgical services for the concussion program with additional staff including nine neurologists and one neurosurgical trauma surgeon."

For more information about Northwell Health's Concussion Program, call 1-855-510-5110.

About Northwell Health
Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) is New York State's largest health care provider and private employer. With 21 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve more than 1.8 million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond. Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better. We're making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our services in more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.

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