Concussion Assessment at TOC

The Concussion Center at TOC recognizes that a comprehensive clinical interview does not consist of simply asking the patient questions like, “do you have a headache?” Instead, questions are directed at specific details of the patient’s current presentation, such as “is your headache more of a pressure sensation or more throbbing”, “what time of day is your headache at its worst”, and “what sort of activities can trigger your headache.” A proper clinical interview consists of a series of questions inquiring about the subtleties of concussion, not solely “how are you feeling?”

The Concussion Center recognizes the potential for vestibular and ocular changes following a concussion.  As such, each patient will undergo a brief vestibular-ocular screening as part of every clinical visit. By assessing vestibular and ocular functioning following concussion, The Concussion Center providers are able to determine the extent to which vestibular and ocular dysfunction may be effecting each individual patient and recommend specific treatment interventions to rehabilitate any potential problems.

The Concussion Center utilizes neurocognitive testing as part of each evaluation. By testing a range of cognitive abilities and examining patterns of performance in different cognitive areas, The Concussion Center providers can make inferences about underlying brain functioning following a concussion. The Concussion Center uses the ImPACT computerized neurocognitive test and may supplement with other cognitive testing measures when necessary.

The Concussion Center providers recognize the importance of patient education with respect to treatment. Providers and staff are dedicated to spending time during each clinical evaluation to educate patients about the specific details of concussion injuries. The Concussion Center strives to ensure that every patient is able to have all of their questions answered before the conclusion of each evaluation.

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