Recent Trends in Concussion Management: An Interdisciplinary Approach
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Concussions involve a variety of symptoms and parts of the body, and the effects are different for each individual. This makes it particularly difficult for any medical or educational specialist to evaluate the injury effects of a concussion appropriately. When managed properly, most individuals of all ages recover from a concussion within a few weeks. However, some individuals take much longer to recover, either because of persistent symptoms that require a more specialized evaluation and management or because of pre-injury risk factors that worsen and prolong the effects of the concussion.
- Define the pathophysiology and common characteristics of a concussion.
- Recognize and identify current trends in concussion management.
- Identify ways to integrate cervical, vestibular, and visual pathways related to concussion management.
Lauren Mach, PT, DPT, ATC
Dr. Mach is a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer in the Des Moines University Clinic Physical Therapy at the MidAmerican RecPlex in West Des Moines. Her clinical emphasis is on treating orthopedic, sports injuries, concussions, and the active older adult using a combination of manual therapy, functional dry needling, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic exercise, and self-management techniques. She is certified as a certified athletic trainer and certified in functional dry needling, manual physical therapy, ASTYM treatment for soft tissue injury, and scar reduction. Dr. Mach graduated from Clark College with her bachelor of science degree in athletic training in 2008 and her doctorate of physical therapy degree in 2010. View Dr. Mach's full biography.
Shawn Spooner, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Spooner received his BS from Iowa State University and his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed a Family Medicine Residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in California, where he was Chief Resident. He subsequently completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. After completing training, Dr. Spooner was deployed to South Korea, serving as Senior Medical Officer and Officer in Charge of a naval healthcare facility. Dr. Spooner's extensive experience in concussion management stems from his deployment to Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, where he served as Senior Medical Officer of the Concussion Restoration Care Center, a rehabilitation center for treating combat-related concussions and injuries. In addition, he practiced operational military and sports medicine with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army Special Forces. As a sports medicine physician and veteran of the U.S. Navy, Dr. Spooner has unparalleled experience in concussion rehabilitation and treatment. View Dr. Spooner's full biography.
Recording date: February 2, 2023
Date of original release: February 7, 2023
Most recent review/update: February 7, 2023
Termination date: February 6, 2026
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- Lauren Mach, PT, DPT, ATC - Speaker
- Shawn Spooner, MD, FAAFP - Speaker
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- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 1.00 AOA Category 1B
- 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
- 1.00 IBON