Riverview Family Clinic Concussion Care
A new service offered by Riverview Family Clinic is ImPACT testing for concussions. ImPACT stands for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, and it is now provided by Dr. Melissa Knudson, a pediatrician and internal medicine specialist with Riverview Family Clinic. Because concussions don’t just happen to athletes, Dr. Knudson performs ImPACT testing on children, teens and adults.
Concussions require time and proper care to heal; and most people fully recover. However, if a person experiences a second concussion before the first has healed, serious and long-lasting symptoms – even death – can occur.
Following a concussion, patients should undergo a complete medical evaluation before returning to school, sports, work or other daily activities. ImPACT testing to screen for neurological changes and to track healing is a valuable part of that medical evaluation.
ImPACT testing is a computerized neurocognitive test – a scientific approach that supplies healthcare providers with the comprehensive data they need to determine when it is safe for a patient to return to activities, such as work, school, sports or exercise.
To learn more about concussion care - or the many other services available – available at Riverview Family Clinic, please call 715-421-7474.
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Riverview Family Clinic – Concussion Care FAQ
Q: What concussion care and testing does Riverview Family Clinic offer?
Riverview Family Clinic offers concussion care for children, teens and adults. The concussion testing we perform is called Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT).
Q: Who performs ImPACT concussion testing at Riverview Family Clinic?
ImPACT concussion testing at Riverview Family Clinic is conducted by Pediatrician/Internal Medicine Specialist Melissa Knudson, M.D. A native of North Dakota, Dr. Knudson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota, and a master’s degree in health systems administration from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish, Maine. She earned her medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman and completed her residency in internal medicine/pediatrics at Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Knudson is board certified in pediatrics. She and her husband, David, have two young children – a son and a daughter.
Q: What are the symptoms of a concussion?
Each person’s response to a concussion is different. Some or all of the following symptoms may be present:
- Balance problems
- Changes in school performance
- Emotional changes – irritability, sadness, nervousness or lack of interest in favorite activities
- Feeling foggy or confused
- Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
- Impulsive behavior
- Sensitivity to noise or light
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Slower reaction times
- Taking longer to understand or process information
- Trouble concentrating, remembering or paying attention
In infants and toddlers, symptoms may include:
- Changes in play or loss of interest in favorite activities
- Excessive crying
- Refusal to eat or nurse
- Swelling of the scalp or “soft spot”
Q: How is a concussion treated?
The best way to treat a concussion is to rest the brain and the body.
It is important to let the brain rest for days or even weeks. Concussion care plans typically include recommendations to eliminate or limit:
- Reading (books, computers, cell phones)
- Video games
In addition, patients should limit their physical activity. Avoiding activities that place the patient at risk for a repeat injury during the healing process is critical.
Once approved by their healthcare provider, patients may gradually return to regular activities. If symptoms don’t return, the amount of time spent on activities such as work, schoolwork or exercise can increase.
Q: How can I learn more?
To learn more about concussion care - or the many other services – available at Riverview Family Clinic, please call 715-421-7474.