How We Treat Concussion

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Learn More About The Concussion Care Center

The Concussion Care Center is located at 765 Allens Ave. in Providence, RI.
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To refer a patient, or for more information, please call 401-606-4150.

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.

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 F. Sizer, MD, is a physiatrist at Lifespan Physician Group. She specializes in brain injury and neuroscience. Her clinical interests include management of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and post-stroke care. Dr. Sizer is a member of the American College of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Association of Academic Physiatrists, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Services
Sharon Bonn, NP