Simply put, concussion management is the process from start to finish of diagnosing, managing, rehabilitating, and monitoring a patient who has received a concussive injury due to a blow to the head or body. For all-inclusive concussion management, pre-emptive steps can also be taken in the form of baseline testing.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that causes a temporary disturbance in cells due to the acceleration or deceleration of the brain within the skull. Concussions are usually temporary and are resolved without medical intervention through physical and cognitive rest. However, complications can and do occur, meaning that proper concussion management is critical to the recovery of a patient and in determining how quickly they can safely return to school, work or sport.
The first step after a potential concussion has occurred is to make a diagnosis, being careful to differentiate it from other head injuries. With many factors playing a part in the diagnosis of a concussion, including time since the injury occurred, frequency of previous head injuries, age, medications, and more, it’s crucial to seek professional medical assistance. Specialists will then make rehabilitation decisions that include rest, neuropsychological testing (with baseline testing allowing for comparative results), and a program for the gradual return to activity. Monitoring how the patient responds to exercise will determine the length of time before a return to normalcy is recommended.
If you are exposed to high-risk situations where concussion is likely, especially in high-impact sports and recreation, our expert team at BodyOptics will make sure that you are well looked after, from start to finish.
Our Complete Concussion Management solution allows us to get a head start on the possibility of a concussion and to better treat the concussions we do find. In the unfortunate event of a concussion, we’ll test your post head knock cognitive function against the ‘normal’ figures that we obtained during your baseline test. We’ll use this information to diagnose the severity of your concussion and to determine the next steps in your recovery plan. Because the process of recovery varies for each person and each injury, we will tailor our concussion management plan to your specific requirements so that you receive the exact care that you need.
For more information about Body Optics’ Complete Concussion Management solution, please phone us on 0439 855 790. Book an online consultation for a Baseline Test here.