Our Concussion Management Center is led by our concussion expert, Dr. Christina Lusk-Cáceres. Our specialist has dedicated her practice to the specialized field of adult and pediatric sports medicine and provides our center with a solid foundation.
Our concussion doctor is not only board-certified in family medicine but also fellowship-trained in sports medicine. Having undergone extensive training and education, she specializes in providing comprehensive care for athletes and active individuals who have suffered a brain or head injury due to a blow to the head or jolt of the body.
In addition to providing exceptional concussion management care, our doctor is committed to continuing her education and is always actively learning the newest evaluation techniques, recovery processes, neurocognitive testing, and treatments for brain and head injuries. She is also considered one of the most highly skilled concussion specialists in the area.
Our Specialty-Trained Concussion Doctor
An expert in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating brain and head injuries, our concussion doctor knows that concussions demand specialized medical attention and proper assessment. That's why she is dedicated to providing each patient with a thorough evaluation, accurate diagnosis, and individualized concussion treatment as well as follow-up care and a return-to-play plan.
During her initial consultation, our concussion doctor will check for symptoms associated with a concussion as well as conduct a thorough assessment and perform diagnostic tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, if needed. If the athlete or active individual had baseline concussion testing completed prior to the injury, our doctor will compare the new test results with the baseline results to determine the effects of the head or brain injury. She will also use the results to help her develop a return-to-play plan that safely gets an athlete back in the game.
When developing a concussion management plan for a patient, our specialist takes a multidisciplinary team approach. She works closely with our additional healthcare providers to create a personalized care plan that supports the patient’s recovery process. She also coordinates additional services, such as physical therapy, rehabilitation services, and vestibular therapy, to ensure that all of the patient's needs are being met and the recovery process goes smoothly.
Signs You Should Visit Our Concussion Management Center
Concussions are considered a mild traumatic brain injury and impact the function of the brain. They have many telling symptoms that an athlete or active individual may experience following a brain or head injury due to a physical activity, contact sport, fall, or accident. Common symptoms include:
- Balance problems
- Cognitive problems
- Nausea or vomiting
If you, or someone you know, has experienced a head or brain injury and is suffering from any of the above symptoms, please visit our Concussion Management Center for an evaluation, as the symptoms may be related to one of the following injuries or conditions:
- Brain damage or injury
- Post-concussion syndrome
- Second impact syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury/bleeding
Patient Consultation in Tinton Falls, Toms River, and Freehold
The Concussion Management Center at Professional Orthopaedic Associates provides athletes and active individuals that are experiencing concussion symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, cognitive problems, or nausea, with access to consultation Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Prior to a consultation, new patients will be asked to complete forms, which include medical history as well as demographic and insurance information. This information, along with any current diagnostic imaging (X-ray, CT, MRI) or baseline testing, will be utilized by our doctor to help determine a diagnosis, treatment plan, and recovery or rehabilitation program.