Concussion and mild traumatic brain injury are common injuries in pediatrics, and post-traumatic headache is the most common complaint following these injuries. While most children and teens recover from a simple, isolated concussion without incident within 1-2 weeks, some develop symptoms that can last for months. It is important to manage both acute and persistent post-traumatic headaches appropriately in order to speed recovery, minimize disability and maximize function.

Our team often collaborates with specialists within the fields of Rehabilitation Medicine and Sports Medicine, in addition to physical therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists who provide our patients with pain coping skills and/or cognitive behavioral therapy.

Research Aimed at Improving Care

The post-concussion headache program director, Dr. Joanne Kacperski, specializes in treating children who develop persistent post-traumatic headaches after sustaining a head injury. Her current research projects aim to identify those patients with risk factors for developing persistent or refractory headaches and potentially help to guide clinicians in treating these children.

Our team is currently collaborating with the Emergency Department (ED) to examine the impact of the ED treatment of patients experiencing acute post-traumatic headaches. We’re observing how this treatment effects ensuing headaches over a one-month period post treatment.