Concussion Management

Effective July 1, 2018 the cost of our Baseline Concussion Program will increase to $49.95. It will still include unlimited post head injury testing and reports to your pediatrician free of charge for 1 year from the date of baseline testing.

Concussion Care at db Orthopedic Physical Therapy, PC
  • "Jenny did not have the 'obvious' symptoms besides the occasional headache/dizziness of a concussion. The post concussion retest showed while she seemed fine, her brain really wasn't. I am so glad we did the baseline testing so we could help my daughter fully recover before returning to sports." - N.W. Freehold, NJ
  • "Dr. David Bertone and his entire team at ConcussionRXCare have become an invaluable resource for our student athletes here at Red Bank Catholic HS." - Joe Montano, Athletic Director, Red Bank Catholic HS
  • "One of our football players sustained a mild concussion during preseason and was recommended to ConcussionRXCare. Two weeks went by and his family doctor cleared him to return to play protocol after it was believed that all of his symptoms had resolved. However, through his testing, Dr. Bertone and his team were able to discover that the athlete‚Äôs balance was not back to normal level and that he was not ready to return to football quite yet. When Dr. Bertone called me to tell me, I knew that he and his team were the best around when it comes to concussion management." - Mike Desocio, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer, Red Bank Catholic HS
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"Without concussion testing, I would have begun playing too soon after my injury which possibly could have resulted in more damage to my injury."
~ Devin Hope, Soccer Player at Brookdale Community College
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ConcussionRXcare at db Orthopedic Physical Therapy, offers comprehensive baseline concussion testing to determine a pre-injury status of your balance, neurocognitive and oculomotor function. This information is stored and used for comparison purposes in case the athlete sustains a head injury. If you suffer a concussion and return to physical activity before you are fully healed, you are at high risk for the potentially tragic "Second Impact Syndrome." This is particularly important with athletes who play sports where concussion is a common injury. The only way to determine when it is truly safe to return to physical activity is to test your brain function before you have a concussion. To get the most accurate result, baseline testing must also include a balance test, a simple "sway" test on the highly specialized equipment that db Orthopedic Physical Therapy offers. If you have a concussion, you'll repeat the test within 72 hours of injury. Your post-concussion results will be compared to your baseline record to determine whether your brain has completely recovered. NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) April 29, 2010 - "Institutions should record a baseline assessment for each student-athlete prior to the first practice. The same baseline assessment tools should be used post-injury at appropriate time intervals. The baseline assessment should consider one or more of the following areas of assessment. At a minimum, the baseline assessment should consist of the use of a symptoms checklist and standardized cognitive and balance assessments."
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Concussion Recovery

Oftentimes, with severe concussions, a supervised Concussion Rehabilitation program is recommended. At db Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Dr. Bertone provides a 5-step comprehensive post-concussion therapy program to improve balance and regain posture control. As progress is made, Dr. Bertone continues the graduated program with more advanced training, all intended to encourage the return to physical activity and sports competition. Parent's Guide - Concussion - DVBIC 2014

Concussion Education

Dr. Bertone works with sports leagues, schools and parent groups to teach concussion management, conduct on-site Concussion Baseline Testing, and coordinate on-field assessments. If your group is interested in a partnership with Dr. Bertone, please call (732) 747-1262.
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Concussions in Youth Sports Part 2 with Joseph Conroy, PhD and Ann Losch
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Stephen G. Rice, MD
Stephen Rice, MD Director Jersey Shore University Hospital Sports Medicine Center Board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Sports Medicine Website Link
Joseph Conroy
Joseph E. Conroy, PhD, ABN Coastal Neuropsychology Board Certified in Neuropsychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology Website Link

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