Why Brain Injury Management Certification Matters in Sports Concussion Treatment - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on September 16, 2015

Why Brain Injury Management Certification Matters in Sports Concussion Treatment

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Mary Wascavage
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Practice Contact:
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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Webner, please call 610-328-8830.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Webner,
please call 610-328-8830.

Because the field of medicine is always changing, with new procedures, techniques, medications and more, it’s important to stay in line with the latest advances. David Webner, M.D., chief of Sports Medicine for Crozer-Keystone Health System, did just that when he earned a subspecialty certification in brain injury medicine (BIM).

The certification was approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and cosponsored by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in September 2011. Webner earned his certificate in the new program by completing the BIM examination when it was first offered in late 2014. The exam will be offered again in the fall of 2016 and 2018.

The BIM certification was created to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with brain injuries. With this new certification, doctors and specialists will lead the way in providing optimal care to these patients and improving outcomes.

There is a growing need for physicians with specialized training in the care of patients with brain injuries. BIM certification will help to assure patients that their physicians are board-certified, have completed advanced training and are up-to-date with the latest developments. The Healthplex Sports Medicine practice in Springfield, where Webner works, sees over 300 new sports concussion patients each year. “Having a member of our team board-certified in brain injury medicine helps the clinic treat more complex sports concussion patients. Knowing the various levels of traumatic brain injury and the services available to athletes with prolonged post-concussion syndrome can help streamline these athletes in their recovery,” Webner says.

Webner has been practicing since 2004, specializing in musculoskeletal sports medicine and sports concussion management. He holds certifications in sports medicine, family medicine and now brain injury medicine, treating patients of all ages. The BIM certification has helped Webner to look at sports concussions in a different way and use a variety of tools to maximize healing time. “While I only treat sports-related concussion and sports-related post-concussion syndrome, many of the tools in evaluating and managing brain injury patients overlap. For instance, my use of secondary therapies, including vestibular (balance), visual, and neck physical therapy has become more prevalent in helping athletes get better quicker,” Webner says.

The BIM certificate has helped Webner take a different approach when diagnosing and treating patients. It not only helps with sports concussion management but also with how to care for other conditions associated with brain injuries. “I think that having the BIM certification has helped me look at sports concussion in a more holistic way,” Webner says. “Many of these athletes have pre-existing neurological and psychological issues prior to their sports concussion; these are often exacerbated by their brain injury, and managing these issues is also important. The BIM certification relied heavily on a team approach to management of all brain injury patients, and I have continued to use this approach in those athletes with prolonged post-concussion syndrome. We regularly work with the primary care physicians, balance and physical therapists, neuropsychologists, and at times psychologists and psychiatrists who treat these athletes for pre-existing conditions.

“The added board certification in BIM helps our program stand above others in the way we treat sports concussion. We look forward to continuing our role as one of the preeminent sports concussion management programs in the Delaware Valley,” Webner concludes.

For more information about Crozer-Keystone’s sports medicine services or to make an appointment with a physician of the Healthplex Sports Medicine practice, visit crozerkeystone.org/sportsmedicine or call (610) 328-8830.

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