The American Academy of Neurology defines concussion as a “trauma- induced alteration in mental status that may or may not involve a loss of consciousness”. Difficulties exist in truly judging the full extent of the concussion for many reasons, but most concussions do resolve in 7-10 days with rest. When symptoms do not resolve within 30 days, post concussion syndrome is usually diagnosed, and in most cases a specialty Concussion clinic like NDBC is needed to properly evaluate and design an approprpriate treatment plan.
At NDBC we take a multidisciplinary approach towards concussion treatment and management. We have a TEAM of Physicians, Audiologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Neuro Psychologists, Neuro Radiologists, all specifically trained in the field of treating brain injuries and concussions. You may see one, or all of the our specialists based on your intial evaluation with our physician.
Our Concussion Services:
Our Concussion Programs:
The National Dizzy and Balance Center Approach
At NDBC we take a multidisciplinary approach towards concussion treatment and management. We have a TEAM of Medical Doctors, Neuro Psychologists, Neuro Radiologists, Audiologists, and Physical Therapists all specifically trained in the field of treating brain injuries and concussions. Your evaluation will begin with one of our physicians where they will perform a thorough post-concussion evaluation using the common Acute Concussion Evaluation protocol (ACE). Our physician will then decide whether your condition is appropriate for NDBC, and then may order additional evaluations with other NDBC providers. What makes our clinic unique for concussions is that we have the ability to provide IMPACT neuropsychological baseline and post-concussion testing, Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP) for postural stability and functional deficits, and a complete neurotologic balance assessment in our Balance Testing Lab. No other facilities in the Midwest area provide all these components in one facility, enabling us to provide the very best assessment possible, exceptional continuity of patient care, and convenience for the patient.
Given the wide variety of symptoms associated with concussions, baseline neuropsychological testing (IMPACT) allows for individualized objective evaluation of the concussed athlete’s post-injury condition and assists in tracking recovery for safe return to play. The program measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes, including attention span, working memory, attention time, reaction time, and problem solving. Impact testing helps providers make better return to play decisions, therefore preventing the post concussive syndrome, or second impact syndrome. This occurs in athletes under the age of 23 who sustain a second concussion prior to their initial concussion healing completely.
Second Impact Syndrome can results in sudden death if there is a second concussion within two weeks of the first concussion. By comparing pre and post scores a doctor is able to determine if an athlete has returned to his or her pre-concussion baseline and therefore able to return to sport.
Furthermore NDBC uses Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP) to assess the way an athlete is integrating sensory information in balance. Commonly after a concussion athletes will report dizziness and imbalance. This may be due to a vestibular injury or may also be a result of injured brain centers which are impairments in central integration of vestibular, visual, and somatosensory information used in balance. By comparing an athlete’s balance after an injury with their baseline CDP a more thorough decision can be made on return to play recommendations.
At NDBC we offer individual’s, athlete’s, kids, professional sports teams, high school teams, and pretty much everyone else the opportunity to have a baseline concussion evaluation to establish a reference point of the athlete’s neuropsychological brain function and functional abilities prior to a concussion occurring. We have partnered with many high schools, professional teams, college’s, and other athletic groups to provide their athlete’s a facility to record their baseline data in the event one of their athletes suffers a concussion. We offer teams and school group discounts for baseline testing packages, please call Jennifer Ginkel at 952-913-2907 for more information and scheduling.
At NDBC we offer Multiple Options for Baseline Testing:
NDBC BASELINE TESTING LAB – SATURDAY TESTING ONLY
IMPACT and Computerized Balance testing $30
IMPACT testing only $10
Computerized Balance Testing $20