With more and more children and teens active in sports, Mercy Children’s Hospital has seen an increasing number of kids with concussions. In 2011, we treated 750 kids with concussions. After they have concussions, children need special concussion treatment and care to achieve the best outcomes for their recovery.
Mercy has opened the Mercy Clinic Children's Post-Concussion Service in Saint Louis, MO to focus on children between the ages of 10 and 18 who have recently suffered a concussion. This practice offers follow-up care in a coordinated team approach. The child concussion service also offers computer testing as a baseline for young athletes prior to participating in sports, for a small fee. The computer evaluations can track functions such as verbal memory, visual memory and reaction time.
Sarah Alander, M.D., a pediatric emergency medicine doctor with Mercy Children’s Hospital, who has additional training in concussion treatment and management, will see patients in the new practice. She will coordinate care with other child concussion specialists to provide help with headaches, emotional issues and sleep problems – all complications that a patient might experience after having a concussion injury.
The office will provide education for parents about concussions, what symptoms to watch for in their children, and how to determine when a young athlete can return to playing a sport. To schedule an appointment, please call 314-251-2205.