Concussion Center Opens at UHS

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 9:57:27 AM

People who've experienced the traumatic brain injury known as a concussion now have a new medical resource to turn to in the Southern Tier: the UHS Concussion Center.

Located at 93 Pennsylvania Ave. near UHS Binghamton General Hospital, the UHS Concussion Center provides comprehensive care for both adults and children who have experienced injuries to the head.

Care at the center is provided by a team of clinicians that includes experts in neuropsychology, physical therapy, sports medicine and other forms of rehabilitation. UHS physicians Christine Blonski, DO, and Brian Wood, MD, direct this skilled team of healthcare professionals.

A board-certified family practitioner with a special interest in primary care and sports medicine, Dr. Blonski is a graduate of the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, Calif. She completed a residency at UHS Hospitals and a fellowship at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich.

A physician with a special interest in physical medicine, Dr. Wood received his medical degree and completed a residency at the State University of New York at Syracuse.

The UHS Concussion Center provides appropriate concussion management by grouping all needed services at one location.

The center's providers and staff have extensive experience caring for patients who are professional, student or recreational athletes, as well as working with athletic trainers, school and youth sports coaches, and parents to coordinate patients' care.

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can result from a bump or blow to the head caused by a fall, accident, sports injury or recreational mishap. Whether described as mild or severe, any concussion is serious. Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.

If you suspect that someone may have a concussion, note these important facts:

Symptoms may appear right away or may be delayed until the individual resumes activity. Most people with a concussion recover quickly and fully. But for some, symptoms can last for days, weeks or longer.

In general, recovery may be slower among older adults, young children and teens. Those who have had a concussion in the past are at greater risk of a recurrence and may find that it takes longer to recover.

For information about the center, or to make an appointment, call 772-8120.

For general medical information about concussions, visit, where you will find a link to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concussion website. The UHS and CDC sites cover signs and symptoms of concussion, what to do if a concussion occurs, how to seek treatment and promote recovery, and how to prevent concussions and other head injuries.

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