Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Ben Siebert joined Neuroscience Group in December 2016 and is our resident concussion and traumatic brain injury specialist. Prior to joining Neuroscience Group, Dr. Siebert served in the US Army as chief of both the Traumatic Brain Injury clinic and the Physical Medicine department. He also served a tour in Operation Enduring Freedom as a Battalion Surgeon. He is passionate about helping those affected with brain injury return to their previous lifestyle. He serves on several boards and does presentations regarding traumatic brain injury both locally and nationally.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Ben Siebert joined Neuroscience Group in December 2016 and is our resident concussion and traumatic brain injury specialist. Prior to joining Neuroscience Group, Dr. Siebert served in the US Army as chief of both the Traumatic Brain Injury clinic and the Physical Medicine department. He also served a tour in Operation Enduring Freedom as a Battalion Surgeon. He is passionate about helping those affected with brain injury return to their previous lifestyle. He serves on several boards and does presentations regarding traumatic brain injury locally and nationally.

Traumatic Brain Injury / Concussion Evaluation and Treatment

In the last several years traumatic brain injury has become much more prevalent in media, providing increased awareness and improvements in prevention. The goal of the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic is to evaluate, diagnose, and treat the myriad of symptoms associated with brain injury. Our providers use very modern evidence-informed and evidence-based practices.

The clinic utilizes a unique, comprehensive, and  multidisciplinary approach, often in coordination with other providers in the region. To provide our patients with the best care for their injuries, we provide thorough education, including promoting community awareness and prevention.

Traumatic Brain Injury / Concussion Evaluation and Treatment

In the last several years traumatic brain injury has become much more prevalent in media, providing increased awareness and improvements in prevention. The goal of the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic is to evaluate, diagnose, and treat the myriad of symptoms associated with brain injury. Our providers use very modern evidence-informed and evidence-based practices.

The clinic utilizes a unique, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary approach, often in coordination with other providers in the region. To provide our patients with the best care for their injuries, we provide thorough education, including promoting community awareness and prevention.

Neuroscience Group treats the following TBI conditions:

Click each condition title to learn more.

Concussion

Concussion (mild TBI) from sports, work, auto accidents, or other personal injury.

Concussion (mild TBI) from sports, work, auto accidents, or other personal injury

The awareness of concussions/traumatic brain injury has been brought to light recently with sports and military/veterans. However these can occur with numerous different activities, often when we are least expecting it. We will be happy to assist in the diagnosis and ongoing management of concussion regardless the cause.

Post-concussion syndrome

Light Sensitivity

Post-Concussion Syndrome, which may be also known as Post-Concussive syndrome, or simply PCS, is a disorder that may occur shortly after a concussion, and may last anywhere from days to years. This is not specifically one symptom, but a possible constellation of numerous symptoms including, but not limited to headaches, dizziness, imbalance, difficulty with concentration and memory, sensitivity to light, irritability, emotional changes, vision changes, and ringing in the ears. Some patients will notice all of these symptoms and more, however some patients may only experience 1 or 2 of these.

Moderate and severe TBI outpatient management

Moderate to Severe TBIModerate and severe traumatic brain injuries, although much less prevalent than mild, are a classification of injury which may require more intensive rehabilitation and long-term care. Whether these patients are initially cared for by Neuroscience Group, we welcome these patients who are seeking management or assistance with long-term rehabilitation needs and care.

Headache/migraine

headache and migraineThe most common symptom following a traumatic brain injury is headache, which can be quite disabling for many. We have a team of physicians and providers that are well-versed in headache management, and utilize combinations of traditional, modern, and alternative/complementary treatment techniques.

Cognitive dysfunction (attention, concentration, memory)

cognitive disfunctionDifficulties with concentration, attention, and short-term memory are a common symptom of traumatic brain injury, and may require thorough workup and treatment. This is typically addressed with each patient that is seen for TBI.

Neurobehavioral dysfunction

Changes in Mood

Changes in mood, anxiety, and irritability, often with abnormal fluctuations, is additionally experienced quite commonly among the traumatic brain injury population. There are treatments available, often with co-management by other providers in the psychiatry/psychology field.

Imbalance, dizziness

Vestibular dysfunction

Imbalance, dizziness, and vertigo are difficult symptoms to cope with as a patient, and can easily be worsened by simple daily activities. Unfortunately, these can lead to safety concerns, and are also fairly common in patients with traumatic brain injury. There are several assessments and treatments that may be utilized to treat this complex set of symptoms. Our physical therapy team has special training in these type of issues.

Post-Trauma Vision Syndrome

Post-Trauma Vision SyndromeThis is often an overlooked or missed set of symptoms that is encountered fairly regularly to at least a mild degree within the traumatic brain injury population. Vision changes following head injuries can involve numerous different symptoms. There is a term for this called Post-Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS), which encompasses numerous symptoms including, but not limited to convergence insufficiency, exophoria or exotropia, accommodative dysfunction, visuospatial distortions, low blink rate, cognitive difficulties (visual memory), and ocular motor deficits. There are different types of therapies that may be utilized for management, depending on the symptoms and diagnoses present. This is often an overlooked or missed set of symptoms that is encountered fairly regularly to at least a mild degree within the traumatic brain injury population.

Associated neck injuries and pain

Associated neck injuries and painAs one may imagine, neck injuries often occur at the same time of traumatic brain injuries, and may be a component to some of the pain and headaches. This is often addressed with patients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, and as with other symptoms, there are often numerous multimodal treatments available.

Veteran (and service member) evaluations

Veteran and Service Member evaluationsWith proper authorization, veterans that are referred through the Veterans Choice Program or Active Duty Service Members with TRICARE may be seen at Neuroscience Group. In some instances, veterans may be been referred through a contracted company for an evaluation for C&P purposes, however, evaluation at this clinic cannot be requested directly by a veteran.

Neuroscience Group treats the following TBI conditions:

Click each condition title to learn more.

Concussion

Concussion (mild TBI) from sports, work, auto accidents, or other personal injury.

Concussion (mild TBI) from sports, work, auto accidents, or other personal injury

The awareness of concussions/traumatic brain injury has been brought to light recently with sports and military/veterans. However these can occur with numerous different activities, often when we are least expecting it. We will be happy to assist in the diagnosis and ongoing management of concussion regardless the cause.

Post-concussion syndrome

Light Sensitivity

Post-Concussion Syndrome, which may be also known as Post-Concussive syndrome, or simply PCS, is a disorder that may occur shortly after a concussion, and may last anywhere from days to years. This is not specifically one symptom, but a possible constellation of numerous symptoms including, but not limited to headaches, dizziness, imbalance, difficulty with concentration and memory, sensitivity to light, irritability, emotional changes, vision changes, and ringing in the ears. Some patients will notice all of these symptoms and more, however some patients may only experience 1 or 2 of these.

Moderate and severe TBI outpatient management

Moderate to Severe TBIModerate and severe traumatic brain injuries, although much less prevalent than mild, are a classification of injury which may require more intensive rehabilitation and long-term care. Whether these patients are initially cared for by Neuroscience Group, we welcome these patients who are seeking management or assistance with long-term rehabilitation needs and care.

Headache

headache and migraineThe most common symptom following a traumatic brain injury is headache, which can be quite disabling for many. We have a team of physicians and providers that are well-versed in headache management, and utilize combinations of traditional, modern, and alternative/complementary treatment techniques.

Cognitive dysfunction (attention, concentration, memory)

cognitive disfunctionDifficulties with concentration, attention, and short-term memory are a common symptom of traumatic brain injury, and may require thorough workup and treatment. This is typically addressed with each patient that is seen for TBI.

Neurobehavioral dysfunction

Changes in Mood

Changes in mood, anxiety, and irritability, often with abnormal fluctuations, is additionally experienced quite commonly among the traumatic brain injury population. There are treatments available, often with co-management by other providers in the psychiatry/psychology field.

Imbalance, dizziness

Vestibular dysfunction

Imbalance, dizziness, and vertigo are difficult symptoms to cope with as a patient, and can easily be worsened by simple daily activities. Unfortunately, these can lead to safety concerns, and are also fairly common in patients with traumatic brain injury. There are several assessments and treatments that may be utilized to treat this complex set of symptoms. Our physical therapy team has special training in these type of issues.

Post-Trauma Vision Syndrome

Post-Trauma Vision SyndromeThis is often an overlooked or missed set of symptoms that is encountered fairly regularly to at least a mild degree within the traumatic brain injury population. Vision changes following head injuries can involve numerous different symptoms. There is a term for this called Post-Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS), which encompasses numerous symptoms including, but not limited to convergence insufficiency, exophoria or exotropia, accommodative dysfunction, visuospatial distortions, low blink rate, cognitive difficulties (visual memory), and ocular motor deficits. There are different types of therapies that may be utilized for management, depending on the symptoms and diagnoses present. This is often an overlooked or missed set of symptoms that is encountered fairly regularly to at least a mild degree within the traumatic brain injury population.

Associated neck injuries and pain

Associated neck injuries and painAs one may imagine, neck injuries often occur at the same time of traumatic brain injuries, and may be a component to some of the pain and headaches. This is often addressed with patients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, and as with other symptoms, there are often numerous multimodal treatments available.

Veteran (and service member) evaluations

Veteran and Service Member evaluationsVeterans that are referred through the Veterans Choice Program or Active Duty Service Members with TRICARE may be seen at Neuroscience Group, with proper authorization. In some instances, Veterans may be been referred through a contracted company for an evaluation for C&P purposes (however, evaluation at this clinic cannot be requested directly by a Veteran).

Benjamin R. Siebert, MD, FAAPMR

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Siebert has found that investing in his patients is an important part of patient care. While keeping a realistic outlook, he tries to help patients focus on what they can achieve and encourages them to keep an optimistic attitude. He has the unique opportunity to be involved in the lives of his patients at all stages of their conditions, which is a challenging yet rewarding responsibility for him. Dr. Siebert has a special interest in traumatic brain injury, headache, and pain.

Our providers work collaboratively in a care team model. Meet Christine!

Christine E. McGee, DNP, APNP, NP-BC

Pain Management & Rehabilitation

“I love spending time educating patients; I feel that it is imperative that a patient feels comfortable with a diagnosis and treatment plan.”

Benjamin R. Siebert, MD, FAAPMR

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Siebert has found that investing in his patients is an important part of patient care. While keeping a realistic outlook, he tries to help patients focus on what they can achieve and encourages them to keep an optimistic attitude. He has the unique opportunity to be involved in the lives of his patients at all stages of their conditions, which is a challenging yet rewarding responsibility for him. Dr. Siebert has a special interest in traumatic brain injury, headache, and pain.

Learn More about TBI and Related Conditions

Select a condition below to watch a short video describing what it is and how it’s treated.

In Our Patients’ Words

“Dr. Siebert has opened my eyes to treatments of concussions and TBIs. With his help I have had major improvements with my vision and memory! A doctor who listened! Was very warm and felt like he cared. Thank you!”
“Dr. Siebert was able to get me in quickly & was very thorough & knowledgeable with everything I needed. Would highly recommend him.”
“Dr. Siebert’s genuine interest in the welfare of his patients is obvious from the beginning. He asks good questions, listens patiently to our explanations of symptoms and explains well the course of action. He is very personable, very knowledgable and fun in the visit. There is no question we would recommend Dr. Siebert.” 
“Dr Siebert and his staff are amazing! I saw several others with no answers. Dr siebert and his therapy staff helped me get back to myself in a matter of weeks! So very thankful!”
“Dr Siebert is easy to understand. Explains everything in plain English.”
“Great bed side manner and took time to answer questions and concerns. Well rounded approach.”
“Dr. Siebert’s genuine interest in the welfare of his patients is obvious from the beginning. He asks good questions, listens patiently to our explanations of symptoms and explains well the course of action. He is very personable, very knowledgable and fun in the visit. There is no question we would recommend Dr. Siebert.”

Get Connected with Local TBI Resources

Brain Injury Support Group

The Brain Injury Support Group is dedicated to providing a comfortable environment for conversation and support for individuals who have survived a Brain Injury as well as family members and caregivers.

Meetings are typically held on the fourth Monday of every month from 6:00-7:30 PM in the Helen Fowler Conference Center at St. Elizabeth Hospital (1506 S. Oneida St, Appleton) unless indicated otherwise.

Contact Ashley Gustafson at 920.731.9831 x111 or visit the following website for more information: https://www.soarfoxcities.com/services/advocacy/

Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin

The Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin is committed to serving the over 50,000 individuals with brain injury and their families living in Wisconsin. They dedicate themselves to prevention of brain injury and the full participation in life for individuals with brain injuries.

Website: http://biaw.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Brain-Injury-Alliance-of-Wisconsin-128802765289/

 Neuro-Optometrist, Dr. Linda Dejmek

Dr. Dejmek completed her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. She is the founder and owner of A B See Vision Therapy Center in Menasha, Wisconsin and owner of the Appleton Eye Clinic in Appleton, Wisconsin, in which she has been practicing primary care optometry since 1978.

Learn more about Dr. Dejmek: http://abseevision.com/meet-the-optometrist.html

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