Full Spectrum Concussion Care: We engage concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI) at every level. Our view is of a Concussion Continuum of Care includes Baselines, Prevention, Detection, & Therapy:
Having a starting point helps greatly in diagnosing a concussion at a later date. Our extensive array of tools baselines both cognitive and functional neurological capabilities:
- CNS Vital Signs – The CNS Vital Signs is a short, reliable and valid test administered by our Neuropsychologist that measures neuro-cognitive capabilities such as immediate memory recall, processing speed, visuospatial perception, attention, reaction time, and delayed memory.
- Functional Vision test on the RightEye Vision System – The RightEye vision test tracks the movements of each eye individually for multiple visual skills then gives you a report with insights to brain health.
- Functional Balance Screen – Functional balance tests to determine how well the three systems that provide balance – visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive – are working together.
- Cervical Testing – Ours years of experience have shown us that deficits in neck can mean greater risk of concussion or TBI.
Prevention – The BrainShield ™
Research shows that vision training and neck strengthening are proven to reduce the risk of concussion. The better you “see”, the better you can avoid collisions. And the stronger your neck, the better prepared you are to protect your brain if a collision happens.
Our proprietary BrainShield ™ program is based upon the scientific studies and our unique “brain-based” training programs that can reduce the risk of concussion. This comprehensive program of vision training and neck strengthening is appropriate for any age.
Even without a concussion baseline, our CVS Vital Signs battery, RightEye vision tests, and other assessments can provide objective data for an accurate and useful diagnosis. Our functional neurological tests inform us on how to tailor the most effective therapy. We can then monitor symptoms and provide “Back to School” and “Back to Play” protocols and clearance while going through our therapy program.
Perhaps the area we are best known for is our concussion/TBI therapy. We have worked with multiple athletes, motor vehicle accident victims, active military, and veterans to help them recover successfully from concussion/TBI. Every brain injury is individual to that person, so no two programs are the same, but may include any or all of these areas:
- Properly fueling the brain – The brain is a major consumer of glucose and oxygen (up to 25% of each!), and there is often an “energy crisis” after a brain injury that contributes to poor neurological functioning.
- Vision training – Vision issues are a common result from brain injury, and even if you don’t have blatant visual issues such as light sensitivity, sub-clinical visual dysfunction may be holding you back from a full recovery.
- Vestibular (balance) training – Balance issues, nausea, or dizziness post-concussion can be caused by many things. Your vestibular system, which orients you to gravity, is a major contributor to good balance, but also provides subconscious input to your brain on neck and spinal alignment and coordinated movement.
- Sensory integration training – Several areas of the brain, such as the cerebellum and brainstem, integrate vast amounts of incoming sensory information. A disruption of normal functioning in these areas, which is common with brain injuries, can slow recovery and have long-lasting implications.
- Cervical joint mobility, stability, and strengthening – The neck is often traumatized in a brain injury but is rarely addressed when no obvious musculoskeletal injury is diagnosed. However, we have repeatedly seen that a dysfunctional neck – a lack of mobility, stability, and/or strength – can actually be the primary reason for ongoing post-concussion symptoms.