Our Concussion Team
Tana Cromwell, MPT, Stacy Tureck, PT, & Dusty Lindeen, DPT are all core members of Save the Brain - Helena.
Save the Brain - Helena is a multidisciplinary group of medical professionals dedicated to promoting brain health and safety in the Helena region by providing the most current concussion related education, training and treatment recommendations to athletes, parents, coaches, educators and health care providers. Save the Brain - Helena has partnered with the Montana based Save the Brain organization whose mission is to assist communities by providing tools and training to prevent concussion-related deaths and injury.
What is a Concussion?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) cause by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain.
Medical Providers may describe a concussion as a "mild" brain injury (mTBI) because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, The effects of a concussion can be serious.
What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?
Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury.
Appears dazed or stunned
Is confused about assignment or position
Forgets an instruction
Is unsure of game, score or opponent
Answers question slowly
Loses consciousness (even briefly)
Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
Can't recall events prior to hit or fall
Can't recall events after hit or fall
Headache or "pressure" in head
Nausea or vomiting
Balance problems or dizziness
Double or blurry vision
Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to noise
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
Concentration of memory problems
Just not "feeling right" or "feeling down"
How can HPT help?
Tana, Stacy and Dusty all have extensive training in treating post-concussion issues including:
- Pre and post concussive screening using the SCAT-5
- Coach, parent, student, teacher & community concussion education
Vestibular rehabilitation for dizziness and vertigo
Vestibular-ocular training for visual dysfunction including: light sensitivity, difficulty focusing and tracking, concentration issues, fatigue
Headaches and neck pain
Exercise prescription for aerobic activity to help reduce fatigue and return to activities
- Return to work
- Return to play