Concussions

Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that physically changes the way the brain functions.  Many concussions do not ever heal fully without proper neurological rehabilitation.  What happens in a head injury is that the functional connections of the brain get damaged.  This is something that you can’t see on MRIs or CT scans – a full functional neurological and orthopedic exam is needed to identify these connections.  The effects of a concussion can include but are not limited to:

  • Headaches/migraine
  • Sensitivity to light/sound
  • Brain fog
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Loss of balance
  • Fatigue

Concussions are very common and remain the most undiagnosed condition due to a few reasons.  There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding concussions.  For example, less than 10% of concussions include loss of consciousness.  One out of two athletes do not report any symptoms after receiving a concussion.  Therefore, many people believe if they do not lose consciousness or have symptoms after a head injury that they are completely fine.  However, the truth is that there can be underlying damage and symptoms can appear even years after the injury.

To accurate assess the damage caused by the injury, baseline testing is needed in the following areas:

  • Motor Coordination
  • Cognitive Processing
  • Vestibular-ocular Reflexes
  • Vestibular-spinal Reflexes
  • Auditory Integration
  • Autonomic Stability
  • Proprioceptive Reflexes

Once we have evaluated and measured the systems that have been damaged in the injury, we can implement an individualized treatment plan that can restore full brain function and get you feeling back to normal.

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