Concussion Treatment Options
You have several concussion treatment options available in Central Oregon.
Your High School Athletic Trainer
Did your injury happen during a school sports practice or competition? If so, your high school athletic trainer provides an immediate evaluation. In the event that you believe your high school athlete has a concussion and has not been evaluated, please contact your school athletic trainer for further assistance. Athletic trainers are concussion specialists who will monitor symptoms, communicate with the school and physician, oversee return to play, and help get final clearance from your physician. In addition, your high school athletic trainer can give you referrals for concussion treatment with the appropriate healthcare specialist. Click HERE for a list of athletic trainers at Central Oregon high schools.
If the injury took place outside of school sports, your child can be seen immediately through NOWcare at The Center. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Concussion Treatment at The Center
The Center also offers specialized concussion treatment through their Concussion Center. Dr. Viviane Ugalde is a concussion specialist and holds a weekly concussion clinic to help patients manage ongoing symptoms. In addition, on the third Friday of every month, Dr. Ugalde leads a multidisciplinary concussion clinic. In fact, this is a good opportunity to work with providers from High Desert Education Service District (HDESD), neuropsychologists, speech therapists, and physical therapists. For more information, ask your primary care provider or call The Center at 541-382-3344.
Other evaluation and concussion treatment options include visiting your primary care provider or going to urgent care. For their safety, your young athlete will need to be cleared by a physician and complete a return-to-play progression before being allowed to resume sports activities.
IMPACT BASELINE CONCUSSION TESTING
The Center Foundation offers ImPACT Baseline Concussion Testing for ages 12-18 participating in high-risk sports, including football, soccer, basketball, and wrestling. Likewise, baseline testing is encouraged for athletes participating in less risky sports, and should be completed every two years beginning at age 12.
Contact STUART SCHMIDT at 541-322-2323 to schedule an appointment for our next baseline testing day.
GET YOUR CHILD BACK IN THE GAME SAFELY
We are passionate about getting Central Oregon youth the care they need when they have experienced a concussion. To this end, we follow a research-based model of management in treating concussions. Like you, our focus is on getting your child healthy, and safely returning them to the activity they love.
Additionally, we strive to provide the most current concussion information on these pages. However, if you do not find what you are looking for here, please contact us.
If you think your child has a concussion and they are showing any of the RED FLAG symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department immediately.