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

Clinic Location and Contact

We are located at 3004 Gordonville Road in Cape Girardeau, MO. To learn more about the Concussion Clinic or schedule an appointment, call 573–339–4544.

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