Concussion Clinic

The Concussion Clinic at The GW Medical Faculty Associates provides detailed evaluations and comprehensive treatment planning, which includes guidance for a safe return to work, school, as well as sports. The clinic is directed by Marilyn F. Kraus, MD, who has more than 20 years of experience in brain injury medicine and research.   

Concussion is a complex disorder, and there are a number of factors that may influence the type and duration of symptoms a person may have after an injury. A thorough evaluation of all factors and complete exam is necessary to guide appropriate treatment and expedite recovery.

What are the symptoms or problems you may notice after an injury?

  • Dizziness or feeling off balance,  clumsier
  • Headache that can be continuous or intermittent or “pressure” in the head
  • Fatigue
  • Neck pain
  • Poor sleep or insomnia
  • Change in taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Double or blurry vision, problems reading
  • Problems with light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating and/or remembering, or trouble getting organized
  • Feeling easily overwhelmed by too much activity or stimulation, such as in a mall
  • Not feeling right, or not like yourself.
  • Feeling moody, sad, anxious or irritable 

What can be done to help you feel better and expedite recovery and return of function?

Each person should start with a comprehensive evaluation and an individualized treatment plan to guide them towards recovery so they can return to their everyday lives.

Treatment and management is often multidisciplinary and may require the inclusion of specialists in physical therapy, speech therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, and visual rehabilitation.  A team approach is often best and most effective.

Many people who suffer a concussion feel better within days, weeks, or perhaps within a few months. Some people may have a lengthier or more complicated course. Appropriate evaluation, management and understanding can help promote recovery.  

For appointments, please call 202.741.2700

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