Why We Created the Sports Concussion Clinic

Jeff Mjaanes, MD, a physician with Midwest Orthopaedics and Rush University Medical Center

Jeff Mjaanes, MD

By Jeff Mjaanes, MD

I’m excited to announce the opening of the new Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic at Rush University Medical Center. The clinic offers a comprehensive approach to the management of sports-related concussions, with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians to assess patients and guide treatment decisions.

The clinic provides child, teen and adult athletes with evaluation, treatment and medical clearance before returning to activity for sports-related concussions. The focus of the clinic is to provide proper diagnosis of concussion, including medical evaluation and neuropsychological testing, as well as guide return-to-play decisions. The goal is to ensure that athletes return to their sport in a timely yet safe fashion.

The main reason we decided to organize this clinic is that we have seen such a large number of concussions at all level of sports in Chicago for years. We felt the need to try and create a “home” where these could be managed appropriately.

Athletes, parents, coaches and trainers need to understand the seriousness of concussions and the importance of proper treatment plans to get the athlete back to sport safely. I have personally seen many cases at the high school and college level where athletes continue to play with symptoms and end up failing classes, not completing semesters in school and having difficulty sleeping, concentrating and remembering for weeks or months.

International guidelines for concussions have been around for years, but we still see patients with misdiagnoses and inappropriate management. We hope that this clinic can serve not only as a means to provide concussed athletes with a comprehensive evaluation and proper return-to-play management, but also as an educational tool for athletes, parents, coaches and the medical community at large.

The Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic at Rush offers appointments within 24 to 48 hours. To schedule an appointment with a physician, call the clinic directly at (312) 432-2500. Physicians or clinicians who want to speak with one of the team members directly can call Mjaanes’ office at (630) 339-2205. He can also be reached by e-mail at jmjaanes@rushortho.com. For more information, go to www.rushortho.com or www.rush.edu.

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