If you have a brain injury or concussion, you need treatment as quickly as possible. That’s why we have experienced, board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons available 24/7 for expert care and treatment.

Our team is skilled in making fast decisions that can save lives and reduce the long-term effects of brain injuries.

Whether you or a loved one has experienced head trauma or a stroke, our team will work together to ensure you quickly receive critical surgery or other treatments. We’ll also work alongside specialists in neurorehabilitation to maximize your recovery.

Our Approach to Brain Injury & Concussion Care

Our Approach to Brain Injury & Concussion Care

When you choose Baptist Health for brain injury or concussion care, you can expect:

  • Access to a team of specially trained, board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons who treat brain injuries 24/7
  • A team approach to your treatment, which includes expertise from neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, pharmacists, social workers, rehabilitation specialists, advanced practice providers and dietitians
  • Rapid, effective treatment to reduce the chances of long-term side effects

What Types of Brain Injuries Does Baptist Health Treat?

Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care specializes in treating brain injuries caused by a stroke or a traumatic accident, such as a car wreck or a fall. We also treat concussions as well as brain injuries that can result from certain treatments, like brain tumor surgery.

Specific conditions we treat include:

How Are Brain Injuries and Concussions Diagnosed?

When you experience a brain injury or suspected concussion, you may undergo a physical exam, cognitive testing and imaging tests.

During a physical exam, your doctor will evaluate your vision, hearing, balance, coordination and reflexes to determine how well your brain is functioning. They will also test your cognitive capabilities by asking questions to test your memory or ability to concentrate.

A computed tomography (CT) imaging scan helps doctors determine your injury’s location and extent.

In some cases, you may also undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test to help doctors determine whether there is bleeding or bruising on the brain.

Which Brain Injury or Concussion Treatments Are Available at Baptist Health?

The Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care team offers 24/7 care using the latest brain injury and concussion treatment options.

  • If you have a brain injury, your treatment options will vary based on your specific type of injury, where it’s located within your brain and how severe it is.

    For example, if you have a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may need surgery to relieve pressure on your brain. This treatment involves drilling a small hole in the skull to drain blood and relieve pressure. Some people with TBI may also need surgery to remove a specific type of blood clot that forms on the surface of the brain, called a subdural hematoma.

    If you have symptoms of a stroke, our team will work with Baptist Health neuroradiologists to make a quick diagnosis and deliver treatment as soon as possible. Treatments for stroke include clot-busting medications, such as a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). We also work closely with physicians at Baptist Health Heart & Vascular Care to deliver the latest endovascular treatments for removing blood clots or plaque from inside arteries.

    Neurorehabilitation is another common treatment for brain injury. It may be used alongside surgery or on its own. Neurorehabilitation can include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and neuropsychology services. Depending on the extent of your injury, you may need to stay in inpatient rehabilitation for several days or weeks before moving to an outpatient rehabilitation program.

  • If you have concussion symptoms, our team will perform a complete evaluation. Treatments often include rest and pain medicine, if needed.

    We will also refer you to our concussion specialists. This program is led by a team that will help you recover and return to normal activities. Our concussion rehabilitation therapists and neuropsychological specialists will collaborate with your doctor to evaluate your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan based on your needs.

    Your treatment plan may include:

    • Cognitive rehabilitation
    • Occupational therapy
    • Physical therapy
    • Speech therapy

    Our concussion program also includes certified physical therapists trained in treating balance issues.

Brain Injury Research

Brain Injury Research

We are always looking for ways to improve brain injury and concussion care. We do this by studying patient experiences and outcomes. We also lead and participate in clinical studies within our concussion clinic. Talk to your doctor or view our list of active trials to learn more about brain injury research.

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