Concussion Testing and Treatment2018-09-26T15:15:29+00:00

Concussion Testing and Treatment

Concussion‘ – often referred to as a ‘mild brain injury’, ‘mild traumatic brain injury’, ‘minor head trauma’ or ‘mild head injury’ – is one of the most common brain injuries we see. As the brain is made of soft tissue, a strong knock or blow to the head can cause the brain to move around inside the skull and cause minor trauma. This can often result in a concussion.

Concussion is typically the result of impact injuries, such as football tackles, car accidents, falls, or strikes to the face suffered in combat sports. Treatment is supportive, potentially with a mix of assessments and treatments, as mild head trauma almost always resolves on its own.

Our Concussion Testing & Recovery Program

Jurmaine Health Concussion Program is fully-managed by our neuropsychologists who work with each and every patient individually to closely assess, test, manage, treat, and rehabilitate the diverse facets of concussions:

  1. We assess head injuries with clinical interviews, exams, and tests.
  2. Neurocognitive testing is conducted using ImPACT™ (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) and, if needed, a wide range of other neuropsychological tests.
  3. We apply techniques that help retrain the brain to discern complex environments, including space, motion, and head/eye movements.
  4. All of this data is used to create a concussion treatment and management plan, tailored to each patient.
  5. We will liaise with the patient’s allied health team, GP, sports team, school and/or workplace.
  6. Follow-up sessions are scheduled to promote successful rehabilitation.
  7. If needed, we will provide referrals to other allied health to test and treat vestibular, balance, and eye movement problems that may occur with concussion.
  8. If needed, referrals to other allied health to safely increase heart rate and physical fitness through Strength training, Agility drills, Plyometrics, Dynamic and functional movements, and sport-specific training.

What Is The Eligibility Criteria For A NeuroBaseline Assessment?

Anyone between the ages of 16 and 89 years old can undergo a NeuroBaseline assessment. Jurmaine Health encourages clients to come for a yearly to bi-yearly ‘brain checkup’ – just like your GP encourages you to have a yearly medical checkup. NeuroBaseline may appeal to the “worried well” and individuals who simply want to know what their scores really are. NeuroBaseline is also ideal for older adults who are worried they might be developing dementia – a yearly checkup could help to ease your mind.

Symptoms Of Concussion

Do you suspect that you might have a concussion but aren’t 100% sure? These are the most common symptoms of a mild head injury:

  • Photosensitivity (sensitivity to light)
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Headache

Concussion May Cause:

Depending on the severity of the head injury, a concussion may affect cognitive processing in the following ways:

  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Post-traumatic amnesia
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Irritability

Concussion Testing and Treatment

Concussion‘ – often referred to as a ‘mild brain injury’, ‘mild traumatic brain injury’, ‘minor head trauma’ or ‘mild head injury’ – is one of the most common brain injuries we see. As the brain is made of soft tissue, a strong knock or blow to the head can cause the brain to move around inside the skull and cause minor trauma. This can often result in a concussion.

Concussion is typically the result of impact injuries, such as football tackles, car accidents, falls, or strikes to the face suffered in combat sports. Treatment is supportive, potentially with a mix of assessments and treatments, as mild head trauma almost always resolves on its own.

Our Concussion Testing & Recovery Program

Jurmaine Health Concussion Program is fully-managed by our neuropsychologists who work with each and every patient individually to closely assess, test, manage, treat, and rehabilitate the diverse facets of concussions:

  1. We assess head injuries with clinical interviews, exams, and tests.
  2. Neurocognitive testing is conducted using ImPACT™ (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) and, if needed, a wide range of other neuropsychological tests.
  3. We apply techniques that help retrain the brain to discern complex environments, including space, motion, and head/eye movements.
  4. All of this data is used to create a concussion treatment and management plan, tailored to each patient.
  5. We will liaise with the patient’s allied health team, GP, sports team, school and/or workplace.
  6. Follow-up sessions are scheduled to promote successful rehabilitation.
  7. If needed, we will provide referrals to other allied health to test and treat vestibular, balance, and eye movement problems that may occur with concussion.
  8. If needed, referrals to other allied health to safely increase heart rate and physical fitness through Strength training, Agility drills, Plyometrics, Dynamic and functional movements, and sport-specific training.

What Is The Eligibility Criteria For A NeuroBaseline Assessment?

Anyone between the ages of 16 and 89 years old can undergo a NeuroBaseline assessment. Jurmaine Health encourages clients to come for a yearly to bi-yearly ‘brain checkup’ – just like your GP encourages you to have a yearly medical checkup. NeuroBaseline may appeal to the “worried well” and individuals who simply want to know what their scores really are. NeuroBaseline is also ideal for older adults who are worried they might be developing dementia – a yearly checkup could help to ease your mind.

Symptoms Of Concussion

Do you suspect that you might have a concussion but aren’t 100% sure? These are the most common symptoms of a mild head injury:

  • Photosensitivity (sensitivity to light)
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Headache

Concussion May Cause:

Depending on the severity of the head injury, a concussion may affect cognitive processing in the following ways:

  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Post-traumatic amnesia
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Irritability

Let us help you

Our caring team is here to help. Our services aim to help both your brain and body achieve optimal health. Contact our Neuropsychological & Neuromusculoskeletal team for effective advice, assessment and management of your concerns and issues.

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