How do concussions get diagnosed? What are some common misconceptions about diagnosing concussions? What kinds of tests do healthcare professionals typically use to evaluate concussions? What is the ImPACT test, and how does it assess cognitive function after a concussion?
From Dr. Savage, we learn how post-concussion syndrome can often result from an underlying neck injury that impedes normal communication and fluid flow to and from the brain. Concussion, Post-Concussion-Syndrome, and Whiplash injuries often have the same cause.
If you or someone you know is struggling with post-concussion syndrome, watch this video to learn more about potential solutions.
How are concussions diagnosed? One of the first things I’d like to point out is that there is a common misconception that a concussion can be diagnosed through imaging, whether it’s a CT scan or an MRI.
However, a concussion will not show up on these types of tests. Sometimes these tests may be ordered to rule out more serious injuries like brain bruising or bleeding, but you won’t be able to see the actual concussion on those types of tests. What really happens is, if you go to get evaluated, the big things they’re going to do are a physical exam to evaluate your balance, your eyes and vision, and your cognitive function.
The big test that’s often used is called the ImPACT test: which stands for
It’s a computerized test that looks at things like memory, attention span, and different levels of problem-solving, and it gives you a score. They may do repeat Impact tests just to see how everything is coming along.
However, the hardest thing to understand is where we were before this injury, and what are we trying to get back to. At the Revised Clinic, one of the things we like to do is offer baseline screenings to athletes just to see where things are starting out before accidents and injuries occur.
This way, we have a solid baseline, know what we’re trying to achieve, and where we want to go. I hope this helps answer some questions and clear things up.
Don’t wait for symptoms to show up – get checked out and take the necessary steps to protect your brain. By taking a proactive approach to your health and wellness, you can reduce the impact of post-concussion syndrome symptoms and regain control over your life.
If you are in or around the Cranberry Township area and are looking for a resource to help. In that case, you can visit us at the Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic. Our practice is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm; Wednesday from 1 pm to 6 pm. You can also drop by on Fridays between 9 am to 12 noon.
To schedule a consultation with Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic, call 724-302-3628, or fill out the form below.
And so if you have any questions on that, please leave them in the comments section below. If you are outside of the greater Pittsburgh area, check out our referral map, https://www.reviveucc.com/referralmap/ and we’ll help you find a professional in your area.
Stay Connected with us on the socials!