Katie, 23 years old, Pittsburgh, PA

"With your help, I have been able to get back on my horse with confidence.


Katie, 23 years old, Pittsburgh, PA

Katie, an avid horseback rider, sustained a concussion in August of 2014 after falling off of her horse. She was briefly unconscious after the fall, and then began to experience headaches, vision issues, dizziness, balance troubles, and tiredness.

katieKatie visited the local emergency room shortly after the accident and was diagnosed with a fractured shoulder and concussion. The orthopaedic surgeon Katie was seeing for her shoulder referred her to the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program for evaluation and treatment. At her initial appointment, Katie underwent a series of in-office tests, including an ImPACT® test, to diagnose her concussion.

Based on her test results, Micky Collins, PhD, and his team developed a treatment plan for Katie, including both vestibular and ocular therapy to target the convergence issues she was experiencing.

Katie was able to complete most of her rehabilitation program at home while maintaining an active lifestyle.  She challenged herself to go on walks and spend time outdoors with friends and family. In October 2014, Katie was cleared for light riding and got back on a horse for the first time since her accident, feeling better than she imagined.

“Thank you to Dr. Collins and all of the wonderful therapists who assisted me through the UPMC Concussion Program. With your help, I have been able to get back on my horse with confidence. I feel great and know that I am well on my way to making a full recovery.”


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