Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), or concussion, in children is a growing public health concern. Data has shown a marked increase in the number of emergency room visits for brain injuries over the past decade.1 These types of injuries can have lasting impacts on a patient’s physical and emotional well-being. Early intervention after a suspected concussion is crucial, regardless of immediate or delayed symptoms.

Treatment options for post-concussive care can be overwhelming. After an emergency room or primary care visit, parents and caregivers need to coordinate the sharing of information between doctors, therapists, schools and coaches, since communication is critical for successful return to school and sport.

It is for these reasons that Rothman has partnered with Theraplay for the therapeutic rehabilitation of their pediatric patients. The two companies are working together to make this process easier and more effective by coordinating plans of care for Rothman’s pediatric concussion patients. When a patient calls Rothman’s Network, they are directed to a dedicated coordinator who can help them navigate the ins and outs of concussion treatment. From setting up an evaluation and testing to updating doctors and schools, Rothman’s representatives are there to facilitate all steps in the concussion treatment process.

One of the most important aspects of successful concussion rehabilitation is therapeutic intervention. Rothman recognized the value of utilizing the expertise of Theraplay’s experienced pediatric therapists to treat all concussion patients from the ages of birth to 21. Theraplay’s team-based approach and comprehensive concussion rehabilitation program allows therapists to individualize each therapy regimen, returning patients to baseline function and their maximum potential.

About Theraplay, Inc.

Theraplay was founded in 1991 by physical therapist Lisa Mackell. Believing that children learn and develop best through play experiences, Theraplay provides their individualized therapy services in a functional, play-focused environment. The occupational, physical, speech and feeding therapy services they provide, along with concussion rehabilitation, early intervention and school services, have helped improve the lives of thousands of children and their families. Austill’s Educational Therapy Services, headquartered in Chester County, PA, joined the Theraplay family of companies in 2016. In 2017, Positive Steps Therapy and AOT, Inc., based in western Pennsylvania, and the Children’s Therapy Center, located in Virginia, were integrated into the family. Theraplay is looking forward to continuing to grow their geographic reach, furthering their mission to maximize each child’s potential through functional play-based therapies. For more information please visit theraplayinc.com.

About Rothman Orthopaedics’ Concussion Network

The Rothman Institute Concussion Network is a comprehensive team of providers addressing concussion treatment for patients of any age. The Rothman network improves the coordination and communication between healthcare professionals while increasing the quality of patient-centered concussion care. This inter-professional collaboration enables team members to more effectively function together, while delivering a higher level of care than working as individual practices. For more information visit rothmanconcussion.com.

1 JAMA Pediatr. 2018; :e182847. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.2847

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