Complex Concussion Clinic

What Is a Complex Concussion?

Illustration visually depicting affect of complex concussion rehabilitation on the brainA sudden jolt or blow to the head can cause mild traumatic brain injury, commonly known as a concussion. Typically, concussions resolve within a few weeks as headaches and other symptoms subside. Patients return to work, school, or athletic activities, often feeling as capable as they did before their injury. Some individuals may require care that falls beyond the scope of a primary care provider. In these scenarios, more complex rehabilitation for concussions may be necessary.

What Is Concussion Therapy?

Concussions affect different brain networks, so quickly addressing the range of impairments improves the patient’s recovery. Each patient receives an individualized evaluation by a team of concussion specialists to determine the best course for treatment.

Once a patient has been evaluated, our care team develops a treatment plan tailored to each patient’s specific injury and needs. This may include weekly visits to one or more of our therapy specialists for eight to 12 weeks. The clinic streamlines care by providing interdisciplinary resources at a single location with state-of-the-art equipment and serves patients ages 12 and up who are experiencing symptoms from a concussion or mild brain injury. Treatment is completed in person and virtually depending on patient needs by our interdisciplinary team of specialists:

  • Medical providers specializing in Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Behavioral health providers specializing in Neuropsychology, Sport and Rehabilitation Psychology, and counseling
  • Athletic training
  • Physical, occupational, and speech/cognitive therapies
  • Vocational counseling
  • Case management
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Shepherd Center has a long history of supporting professional, collegiate, and youth sports teams. However, our scope is not limited to sports medicine; we pride ourselves in working with a wide variety of people in all stages of life, ranging from adolescents to older adults.

We strive to return patients to their full activity and performance level as quickly and as safely as possible. We seek the best outcome for every patient through evidence-based, individualized interventions. We empower our patients through active rehabilitative therapies early in the healing process to prevent long-term complications and to spark recovery.

We also minimize the use of medications, which can sometimes mask symptoms and cause side effects that can slow progress. Our interdisciplinary team of specialists consult with families, employers, coaches and athletic trainers, and school officials to ensure safe return to pre-injury activities. We also develop and implement accommodations as needed to enable patient success.

Complex concussions can be troubling for patients and medically challenging for frontline physicians. Our focused approach to care can significantly reduce recovery time and improve patient outcomes.

Read more about the Complex Concussion Clinic and meet our medical providers, Russell Gore, M.D., medical director of the Complex Concussion Clinic, and Amy Kolarova, D.O.


Referrals to the Complex Concussion Clinic

Treatment at the Complex Concussion Clinic is available. We provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to address:

Physical Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling off-balance
  • Sensitive to light and/or noise
  • Increased fatigue
  • Visual Difficulties

Sleep Symptoms

  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep

Emotional Symptoms

  • Increased irritability
  • Feeling sad or down
  • Feeling nervous or anxious
  • Mood swings

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Decreased attention
  • Memory problems
  • Slower thinking
  • Difficulty following directions

Request an Evaluation

If you are interested in an evaluation, please complete the documents below and email to cccadmissions@shepherd.org or fax to 404-603-4422:

  • Completed Scheduling Registration Form
  • Copy of the front and back of your insurance card
  • Completed Release of Information Form (required if you have seen other providers for your concussion(s); this allows us to obtain and review relevant medical records prior to your evaluation).

Contact the Complex Concussion Clinic

To learn more about Shepherd Center’s Complex Concussion Clinic, call 404-603-4314 or email us at cccadmissions@shepherd.org.

Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our address is:

Complex Concussion Clinic
Shepherd Center (off-campus location)
80 Peachtree Park Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

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