About Our Institute

Traditional treatment practices for concussion and head injury rely on physical and cognitive rest, often in combination with progressive physical therapy. However, the medical community, as well as sports organizations such as the NCAA, are recognizing that rest alone may not be sufficient treatment for concussions and their related symptoms. In fact, statements emerging from the Targeted Evaluation and Active Management (TEAM) Approaches to Treating Concussion Meeting indicated that “prescribed physical and cognitive rest may not be an effective strategy for all patients after concussion” (Collins et al., 2016, p. 912).  

Out of the desire to achieve better outcomes for his patients, Dr. Charles Simkovich founded Simkovich Concussion Institute in 1986. At Simkovich Concussion Institute, we believe that traditional practices for concussion treatment leave a critical function untreated: cranial bone movement. In our opinion, this function is altered by head trauma, and without restoring its normal patterns, a person may not return to their pre-concussion state.

At Simkovich Concussion Institute, we address aberrant cranial bone movement using Cranial Movement Therapy-Simkovich Approach (“CMT”). CMT is a non-invasive technique that helps the patient regain normal cranial movement and function without medication or surgery.  For over 30 years, our patients have experienced great success with CMT.

Our Mission Statement

Simkovich Concussion Institute has been committed to advancing the diagnosis and treatment of concussion and traumatic brain injury since 1986. At Simkovich Concussion Institute, we rehabilitate concussions using Cranial Movement Therapy-Simkovich Approach (“CMT”), a revolutionary treatment. We rely on clinical experience and the latest in medical research in order to provide the highest level of care and most effective concussion treatments to our patients. Through research, we hope to redefine standard traumatic brain injury treatment so that those suffering from head trauma are able to rediscover pre-concussion life.

Our Treatment Philosophy

For many concussion sufferers, migraines, mental health problems, vision challenges, sleep disturbances and difficulty remembering things become their new way of life, and many give up any hope of returning to their pre-concussion life.

At Simkovich Concussion Institute, we believe that the physical damage resulting from a concussion must be addressed properly before a person is able to return to their pre-concussion life. Just like the physical damage sustained by a fracture needs treated properly to ensure full recovery, we address this damage by treating TBIs and concussions at their source using a revolutionary therapy, CMT-Simkovich Approach. (“CMT”)

CMT is a method of evaluation, assessment and treatment for concussion and other traumatic injuries to the brain and head that addresses the concussion at the injured site.  This is critical, as most other injuries to various parts of the body require an intervention to the injured site to facilitate healing/rehabilitation to resolve the damage from the injury/assault. As in the basic principles of Orthopaedic Medicine (Dr. Cyriax), every pain has a source, treatment must reach the source and in order to relieve the pain/symptoms, the treatment employed must benefit the source of the problem (Cyriax, J.H., Cyriax’s Illustrated Manual of Orthopaedic Medicine, Butterworth & Heinemann, 1993).  

CMT is a treatment technique that delivers an intervention directly to the injured site. 

About Dr. Simkovich

Dr. Simkovich was born and raised in Belle Vernon, PA.  Coming from a family with multiple disciplines in the medical field, Dr. Simkovich also had a keen interest in medicine and health care. Following High School and College he was accepted to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, graduating in 1984. He went into practice in January of 1985 in his hometown.  After a year he moved to his present location in Wexford, PA, where he started his own practice in 1986.

Six months into his own practice, Dr. Simkovich became involved in research of cranial bone movement and their effect on brain function. This landmark research was the beginning of what is now Cranial Movement Therapy (CMT). Much of this early time was spent in Brooklyn, New York with Dr. Ferreri, a pioneer in the field.

Dr. Simkovich’s practice in 1986 became totally specialized with CMT, which has a high rate of success in resolving various brain diagnoses, including traumatic brain injury and concussions.

He has been featured in various publications such as “Pittsburgh Magazine,” the “Pittsburgh Press,” the “Beaver Valley Times”, the “Youngstown Vindicator,” “Private Clubs Magazine,” various boxing magazines, “Alternative Medicine” and many more. He has been interviewed extensively over the years on both radio and TV shows for his groundbreaking work, which has included Pittsburgh Today The Channel 4 noon news by Jim Scott, KDKA with Fred Honsburger and KDKA with Robb Pratte, KQV radio by Joe Destio, Channel 11 TV show “Talkin’ Pittsburgh” interview by Don Riggs, WTKN radio interview, Pittsburgh’s Country Music Station interview, his own call in radio talk show for a year on WMBA, and was On Air with Asa Aaron, Channel 11 for a TV interview about concussion, learning disabilities, and autism.  Dr. Simkovich has also been featured on numerous sports talk shows including The Rudy Reyes Show with Dr. Simkovich talking about #Concussion #CTE #Truths (Live Interview), Dr. Charles Simkovich on News Radio KDKA with Aaron Hernandez, (Live Interview), Dr. Charles Simkovich on Sports790.iHeart.com with Jayson Braddock Discussing Tom Savage’s Concussion (Live Interview), NewsRadio 1020 KDKA with Rob Pratte Talking About Concussions & Brain Injuries with Dr. Simkovich, Dynasty Pulse by DFW on blogtalkradio.com with Dr. Charles Simkovich (Live Interview), Hustle Town Hour 1 – Concussions in the Sports Industry (Live Interview), One Doctor May Have the Cure to a Billion Dollar NFL Headache on Elitesportsny.com with Vincent Rapisardi (Podcast Interview), and Dr. Charles Simkovich Treats Roy Jones Jr.’s Concussion on WTAE TV Pittsburgh.

He has been a contributing writer for various publications, including the “Pittsburgh Sports Report”, the “North Journal” and the prestigious “Pittsburgh Legal Journal.”

The doctor has also served as the company physician for Gargaro Productions and the Pittsburgh Musical Theater, the Olympic Wrestling Trials, visiting doctor at the Rick Smith School of Golf in Naples Florida, and was on staff as the Concussion/Cranial Specialist for the Duquesne University men’s basketball team.

He has been a speaker at numerous conventions and lectures. He spoke at the Autism Expo, the Pittsburgh Hospital consortium, the WPIAL coaches and athletic director semi-annual meeting, The Learning Center, and Dr. Pat Lemer’s autism roundtable discussions to name a few. He was also the main speaker to patient and doctor groups in Austin Texas, which was hosted by former University of Texas head football coach Fred Akers.

After years of clinical success, we are excited to be in the initial stages of clinical trials that will produce evidence for the effectiveness of CMT.

Dr. Charlie treated me for the head injuries I had as a player. Before he treated me, I would read something and have no idea what I had just read. Because of his treatment, when I read I don’t get tired and understand everything I read.

L.C. Greenwood Pittsburgh Steeler, member of the ``Steel Curtain``

Patents

  • Patent title B.E.S.T., (baseline evaluation and screening test), a patented screening test for brain function and concussions

  • Patent date Issued Apr 17, 2014, Patent issuer and number US WO2012135654 A1
  • Patent description B.E.S.T., (baseline evaluation and screening test), a patented screening test for brain function and concussions.
  • Described are methods, systems, and mediums for testing neuro-mechanical and neurocognitive function which reflect physical and mental compromise that may be associated with, for example, traumatic brain injury (TBI). In particular, a computer-executed method, system, and computer readable medium for testing neuro-mechanical and neurocognitive function of a subject are described which measure a subject’s performance in a test comprising one or more test modules designed to challenge neuro-mechanical and neurocognitive function and compare the performance to one or more baselines to evaluate physical and mental compromise.   
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