Every 15 seconds, someone in America has a concussion, and 1.5 million people live with traumatic brain injury every day. This month, experts from the Rochester Regional Health Concussion Program will answer questions about concussions and why seeking treatment is so important. Here is Dr. Krista Damann to discuss the tools available for concussion treatment in the Rochester Regional Health Concussion Program.
Question #6: What tools are available for concussion treatment?
Answer: The Rochester Regional Health Concussion Program incorporates the following in treating concussions:
- Neuropsychological Testing
- Additional testing administered by a specialized doctor that helps to identify contributing factors for prolonged recovery and direct concussion treatment
- Vestibular and Physical Therapy
- Therapy for the ocular, motor and vestibular system administered by a therapist who specializes in concussions and head injuries
- Musculoskeletal-based therapy directed toward whiplash-type problems which contribute to ongoing headaches associated with concussions
- Medications can be used in certain cases to help control symptoms during recovery
- Supplements may be recommended for refracting issues
- MRI can look for other abnormalities that may be causing symptoms, but it does not diagnose concussions
- CT scans can be used after acute injury to rule out skull fractures or brain bleed, but do not diagnose concussions
- Qualified physicians who treat patients after a concussion can specialize in different areas of medicine that include: sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, and neurosurgery
- Neurocognitive testing
- Computerized testing that measures various cognitive tasks in a patient who has suffered a concussion.
- Used as an adjunct for providers in the evaluation of a patient suspected of having suffered or recovering from a concussion.
Learn more about Rochester Regional Health’s Concussion Program on our website here.