A new clinic in Connecticut is offering specialized treatment for adolescents recovering from concussions.
Eyewitness news went to New Britain’s Hospital for Special Care to see how experts are teaming together to change how they treat patients.
“I regret pushing it off and ignoring it because now it just gets worse,” Dominik Jankowski, of Burlington, said.
Jankowski, 18, said he got his first concussion playing football three years ago.
“It wasn't just one hit, it was over games and practices,” Jankowski said. “Multiple hits that I just never thought about or ignored.”
Over the years, Jankowski said he suffered crippling headaches. He said it's now a battle he faces daily.
“They are intense, probably nine out of 10,” Jankowski said.
This year, Jankowski decided to step off the field and turned to the doctors at the New Britain Hospital for Special Care for help.
“We found there is a need in this area for comprehensive management,” Dr. William Pesce with the Hospital for Special Care said.
Pesce said many concussion patients such as Jankowski are evaluated once and later sent to other medical professionals in separate facilities.
“It's not something that you get injured on a Friday, you get evaluated at an urgent care and you go back,” Pesce said.
But, the concussion clinic has a team of specialists that works together. Physiatrists, speech pathologists, neuropsychologists, physical and occupational therapists collaborate to come up with a treatment plan.
The best part for patients is it's all under one roof.
“We're really going to focus on that one stop shopping,” Pesce said.
Concussions are not easily detected through medical test and making it tough to treat.
“It's very tricky because it's more on the microscopic level,” Pesce said. “You're not going to see it.”
That’s why having a team of experts working on a case together gives patients an advantage.
Jankowski has only been a patient for two weeks, but said he is already starting to feel better.
“I'm hoping that in time the headaches will slowly go away,” Jankowski said.
Pesce said that the clinic is focused on educating the public.
For more information about the clinic, and about concussions, click here.
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