Just a few decades ago, the average person who knocked their head simply shook it off and carried on. Thanks to emerging, and ongoing, research into the science of the brain, we have a new understanding of the very serious consequences that come with a concussion and how to better diagnose and treat the problem from the start.
At Genesis Regenerative Sports and Aesthetic Medicine, our team specializes in concussion care, and it all starts with the right diagnosis and early care.
Here’s a look at how we handle concussions with the goal of helping you avoid much more serious problems down the road.
The right diagnosis
When it comes to concussions, it used to be that a doctor might wave some fingers in front of your face and ask you about your symptoms. To describe diagnosing a concussion in this way as inexact would be an understatement.
At our practice, our team members are Credentialed ImPACT Consultants and preferred providers listed on the Concussion Legacy Foundation website, which means we’ve received intensive training in the area of traumatic brain injuries. In addition to the initial training we receive in concussion diagnosis and care, our team participates in continuing education, which allows us to stay on top of the latest research, treatments, and products. Dr. Chopra and Dr. Griffin also lecture on concussion throughout the state of NJ.
As sports medicine specialists, we understand the potential long-term consequences that can come with improperly diagnosed and treated concussions, especially if you receive another blow to the head during your recovery.
In other words, the correct diagnosis from the start is critical, and it can be tricky since symptoms vary from one patient to the next. To positively identify a traumatic brain injury, we turn to:
- A thorough assessment of your symptoms
- BioSway™ to check your balance
- Neurobehavioral and neuropsychological tests
- MRI or CT scan, if necessary
- ImPACT testing
Since our providers are credentialed in concussion care, we understand what to look for and how to test for a possible brain injury, and we tailor a diagnosis plan according to your symptoms and health.
The right concussion treatment
If our credentialed specialists diagnose you or your child with a concussion, we design an appropriate treatment program that typically includes:
- Early non-contact cardiovascular activity
- Headache management
- Physical therapy
- Vestibular rehabilitation
Our team also works with physical therapists, neuropsychologists, and other specialists to ensure that every angle is covered.
One of the most important aspects of our care is regular assessments to monitor how you’re progressing. One of the biggest problems when it comes to concussions is pushing yourself too quickly. Your brain is an extremely sensitive organ that requires ample time to heal itself. With our vigilant oversight and state-of-the-art assessment tools, we can greenlight you when your brain is healthy enough to return to normal activities, and not a moment sooner.
To learn more about our comprehensive concussion care, please contact our office in Westfield, New Jersey, to set up a consultation.