Lifespan Concussion Care Center

How We Treat Concussion

The Lifespan Concussion Care Center treats patients who have symptoms from concussion. We are a comprehensive health care team that includes a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician (physiatrist) who is board-certified in brain injury medicine; an advanced practice registered nurse; and licensed physical, occupational, and speech therapists trained in concussion management.

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To refer a patient, or for more information, please call 401-606-4150.

The Concussion Care Center is located at 765 Allens Ave. in Providence, RI.
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In caring for patients who are experiencing the effects of concussion, we collaborate with specialists such as neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropsychologists, psychologists, neuro-optometrists, neuro-ophthalmologists, audiologists, school nurses, athletic trainers, and others to provide comprehensive treatment. Because every individual’s experience with concussion is different, the treatment plan must be tailored to each person.

Early Diagnosis and Treatment for Concussion

Diagnosis as early as possible is crucial in achieving the best possible recovery. Symptoms of a mild concussion can become more severe if the injury is not identified and treated early. Without treatment, problems associated with concussion can persist for months or years.

Treatment begins with mental and physical rest for 24 to 48 hours. High-stimulation activities such as watching TV or playing video games must be avoided. A person who has a concussion needs to get plenty of sleep and make sure to have regular meals to maintain steady levels of glucose, which fuels the brain. Gradual resumption of activities after the first 24 to 48 hours of rest is key to making a good recovery.

Education is an important component of care, as is frequent follow-up with your clinician.

Our Concussion Treatment Team

Caroline Sizer, MD, FAAPMR Headshot

Caroline Sizer, MD, FAAPMR

Physiatrist

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Karen L. Kerman, MD Headshot

Karen L. Kerman, MD

Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Services

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Sharon Bonn, NP Headshot

Sharon Bonn, NP

Nurse Practitioner

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