HOW TO DIAGNOSE YOUR HEAD INJURY
Concussion testing should be done on anyone (child or adult) who has experienced an injury to the head, especially to those experiencing one or more concussion symptoms. A doctor will begin with questions about how the injury happened and any symptoms you are experiencing. Additionally, your doctor will perform a physical examination to check the following signs:
- Ocular Motor (eye movement)
- Cognitive Function
- Neurological Function
In the case of serious concussion symptoms (i.e., seizure activity), your doctor may request an MRI scan or a CT scan of your brain to check for more serious injuries.
Concussion Evaluation at Southwest Brain Performance Centers
The field of concussion and head injury treatment is constantly changing and evolving. Southwest Brain Performance Centers provides access to the most up-to-date, comprehensive and customized tools to evaluate concussions and therapies needed to restore full brain function.
At Southwest Brain Performance Centers, we conduct a complete neurological examination on each concussion patient. A thorough Neurological Examination typically takes 2.5 to 3.5 hours to accurately assess the extent of the injury. Additional testing, such as blood, stool, and salivary testing, may be required for differential diagnosis. Comprehensive testing is performed to establish baselines in the following areas:
- Vestibulo-ocular Reflexes
- Vestibulo-spinal Reflexes
- Proprioceptive Reflexes
- Motor Coordination and Reaction Time
- Cognitive Processing
- Auditory Integration
- Structural Integrity
- Autonomic Stability
- qEEG Brain Mapping and neurofeedback
Once the concussion tests are performed and the primary area of injury is identified, an individualized treatment plan can be created and implemented.