Saint Francis Concussion Clinic

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works and is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head.

Concussions are serious business for young athletes, particularly those who play football. Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a concussive traumatic brain injury, making it a contributing factor to nearly one-third of all injury-related deaths in the United States. Fortunately, early concussion treatment can make a significant difference. That is why Saint Francis Medical Center has developed a Concussion Clinic that specializes in early follow-up and recovery management.

Concussion Symptoms

Signs of concussion include:


  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Vision changes
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Numbness or tingling

Thinking / Remembering

  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering


  • Irritable
  • Nervous
  • More emotional than usual
  • Sad


  • Drowsy
  • Difficulty falling/staying asleep
  • Sleeping more than usual

About the Concussion Clinic in Cape Girardeau

The Saint Francis Medical Center Concussion Clinic provides referring physicians with a specialized resource for early follow-up and management of patients who have suffered a concussion. The Clinic addresses:

  • Symptom management
  • School or work re-entry
  • Return to sports participation

Assessments include:

  • Ability to return to school, work or sports
  • Rehabilitation needs
  • Consultation with other healthcare providers


Saint Francis Concussion Clinic
3004 Gordonville Road
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703