Concussion and Mild to Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic 

Conemaugh East Hills
1450 Scalp Avenue, Suite 2100
Johnstown, PA 15904
(814) 269-5266

Regular Office Hours: Monday, 8 am - 4 pm

Concussion Consultations: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

Patients who are 12 years of age or older may be seen at the clinic


A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions may lead to impaired brain function and can contribute to long-term neurological disorders, including early dementia.

Each year, as many as 3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States. Statistics from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) report that children and youth aged 5 to 18 years old are at highest risk for concussions. Approximately 156,000 concussions occur in Pennsylvania each year.


Concussion Symptoms

  • Difficulty with remembering recent events or meaningful facts
  • Severe headache in a specific location
  • Stiffening of the neck
  • Blood or clear fluid dripping from ears/nose
  • Mental confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness, poor balance, or unsteadiness
  • Weakness in either arms or legs
  • Abnormal drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Convulsions
  • Unequal pupils
  • Loss of appetite
  • Persistent ringing in the ears
  • Slurring of speech
  • Loss of consciousness 

Diagnosing Concussions

Visits to the clinic include a physician exam, neuropsychological testing, and concussion education. Physical and occupational therapists are available to perform assessments and make necessary recommendations.


Recovery

Most individuals recover from a concussion quickly and completely, within hours or days, while others may take weeks or longer. Most patients completely recover within three months after the injury. Some may have long-term disability if untreated. One of the best ways to help recover is to learn more about what to expect in the days following the concussion and how to best manage symptoms.


Concussion Specialty Clinic Team

  • Physicians
  • Psychologists 
  • Neuroscience nurses
  • Neuroradiologist
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists