610-378-2000 610-378-2000

About Sports Medicine Clinic

Penn State Health St. Joseph’s Sports Medicine Clinic occurs Monday afternoons starting August 22, 2016. It’s located in the Medical Office Building in Bern Township.

We will see ALL sports medicine injuries, illnesses, and concerns for athletes of all ages.

A multi-disciplinary team of providers – Family Practice, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgeons, Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Certified Vestibular Therapist, Nutritionists, Exercise Physiologists, Strength and Conditioning Specialists – can evaluate and manage concussions and provide clearance for return to play and return to learn.

We will make referrals to specialists as needed.

To schedule an appointment, contact us at 610-378-BALL (2255).

Medical Office Building
2494 Bernville Rd. Suite 205
Reading, PA 19605
Directions / Map
610-378-2255 610-378-2255 Mondays 12-5PM

If you have any questions, please contact:
Monica Rush, MSHA, MSN, RN
Director of Rehabilitation Services
610-378-2339 610-378-2339
MRush1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Conditions & Treatment

The following health conditions are seen at the Sports Medicine Clinic:

  • Asthma
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Rashes
  • Concussions

Concussions

Only one of the following needs to be present for a concussion to be suspected. It is also possible to have any combination of these symptoms:

  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Headache
  • Unsteadiness
  • Feeling “in a fog”
  • Sleep problems
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • May or may not involve loss of consciousness (loss of consciousness is not typical)

Often, symptoms will worsen over a matter of days, and it is common for new symptoms to appear in the days following the injury. Symptoms may also worsen when the brain is stressed, for example, when a child is doing schoolwork or participating in a physical activity. Signs that suggest the need for immediate medical attention include:

  • Marked change in personality, often with confusion and irritability
  • Worsening headache, especially if associated with nausea or vomiting
  • Numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms or legs, changes in breathing pattern or seizure
  • Eye and vision changes (double vision, different-sized pupils, blurred vision that is persistent or begins well after the incident)

Most young people recover completely from a concussion within one to two weeks. However, each person’s response to a concussion differs and the recovery period can take longer. The Concussion Program can evaluate and assist with the symptoms of a concussion as well as develop treatment plans to support recovery, address school concerns, and address return to sports.

Meet the Sports Medicine Team

All About Concussions

Watch as host Mike Jupina talks with Dr. Heidi Sensenig, Wyomissing Optometric Center, and Dr. Jeffrey Zlotnick, Penn State Health St. Joseph, about all thing concussions: symptoms, screening and diagnosis, and how it affects student athletes.