Neuropsychologists with Bancroft NeuroRehab in Mount Laurel, NJ are reminding folks that a proper evaluation following a head injury – such as a concussion – is important. The group is spreading awareness as part of National Brain Injury Awareness Month, which is in March.
“While we often think of catastrophic injuries and disabilities when we hear the term brain injury, it’s important to know that mild to moderate concussions are included in this group, too,” the article reads. “And individuals who have experienced a concussion throughout their lifetime may need to seek evaluation and treatment to assist with the recovery process.”
The doctors said that most people who are diagnosed with a concussion receive their diagnosis through what’s called an ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) test at an emergency room.
ImPACT is the most widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion management tool on the market. It’s used by more than 7,400 high schools, 1,000 colleges and universities, 900 clinical centers, 475 Credentialed ImPACT Consultants, 200 professional teams, and select military units, expressly so medical clinicians, and other qualified healthcare providers, can better manage traumatic brain injury.
The test evaluates a patient’s symptoms such as attention span, cognitive functioning, reaction time and memory. It’s also helpful for obtaining baseline functioning and is sometimes administered prior to a sports season.
“But if you or a loved one experienced a concussion and did not receive this initial baseline testing for recovery progress, you may want to seek a proper neuropsychological evaluation, even if your injury happened in the past,” the article reads.
While most concussions resolve within seven to 10 days, some do not and can leave a person with long-term effects such as psychological issues, emotional issues, trouble sleeping, balance problems, sensitivity to light, headaches, and vision problems.
“When a concussion does not resolve as expected, a more comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation can provide insight into symptoms and factors that may interfere with recovery,” the article reads.
The doctors who wrote the article believe that evaluating these symptoms and getting a grasp on their severity can make all the difference when it comes to recovery.
At Bancroft NeuroRehab, an interdisciplinary team of experts assesses and treats each patient’s unique needs. From mild concussions and memory impairments to traumatic brain injuries, dedicated, compassionate clinicians aim to help individuals rebound, recover and reconnect after illness or injury.
If you or someone you know has questions about concussions or neurological health, Bancroft NeuroRehab can help. Learn more at BNRinfo.org.