Help with finding Healthcare Practitioners
Concussion Alliance has compiled a list of practitioner search tools from different healthcare professions that treat people with concussions.
We also plan to list healthcare practitioners by state, crowd-sourcing recommended specialists. We’ve begun work on our initial state, see Concussion Healthcare practitioners in Washington State.
See our Vision Therapy page for information about this treatment.
Ask your doctor for a referral to a specialist, or you can self-refer to a specialist or vision therapy center. For optometrists specializing in diagnosing oculomotor problems common to concussions, we suggest using all the search tools below, as they have different databases.
Use the search tool above to find a practitioner with a Fellowship certified by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). Ask if they have experience with concussions or brain injury - many do, but some specialize in other areas such as children's vision issues or autism.
Use the search tool above to find a practitioner certified by the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA). All NORA optometrists deal with concussions and acquired brain injury.
The practitioner search tool above was created by a group of optometrists throughout the United States who are certified Fellows of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
We will be publishing a page about Functional Neurology soon. We currently have a blog post about a Neurologist (MD) and a Functional Neurologist (DC) working together.
Use the search tool above to find a specialist certified in Functional Neurology,
See our page Craniosacral Therapy for more information about this treatment.
Craniosacral Therapy provided by specially trained licensed massage therapists
When using the search tool, select for a craniosacral therapist. Search tool provided by the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners.
Scroll down the page for the listings tool. Search tool provided by the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America.
Search tool provided by International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings.
Osteopathic Cranial Therapy provided by osteopathic doctors
The search tool above provides a limited number of doctor referrals, but it is not complete. We suggest that you do an online search for Cranial Osteopathy and Osteopathic Cranial Therapy in your area.
Sacral-Occiptal Technique (SOT) provided by specialized chiropractors
The search tool above is for chiropractic doctors who have advanced training and expertise in Sacral-Occipital Technique (SOT) and other Cranial techniques.
See our page Massage for more information about this treatment.
Massage therapists with experience with concussions and training in craniosacral therapy
One way to find a massage therapist who has experience with concussions is to look for a practitioner with some training in craniosacral therapy, which focuses specifically on the head, brain, and spinal cord. Even though you may want the practitioner to focus on symptoms in your neck or shoulders, it’s a good idea that the massage therapist has experience with concussions. We suggest you use all three of the search tools below because they have different databases.
We will be publishing an article about acupuncture shortly.
The search tool above is for practitioners trained at Bastyr University. Select “acupuncture” in the drop-down menu.