Concussion Assessment & Management
It is estimated that 3.8 Million concussions are diagnosed each year in the U.S. generated by sports injuries alone. However as many as 50% of concussions may go unreported or not diagnosed.
Concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head or violent shaking of the head. Headache, dizziness, balance issues, loss of memory, nausea, temporary loss of consciousness and vomiting are the commonly observed symptoms.
Penn Audiology is an integral part of a concussion assessment & management, and balance re-training team. We offer a more comprehensive evaluation for concussion management with the following:
Penn Audiology is a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant (CIC) which provides a neurocognitive assessment by baseline testing, post-concussion testing and management.
Penn Audiology also utilizes advanced Biodex technology for sensory integration and balance (m-CTSIB) to provide a neuro-physical assessment for pre & post concussion.
Penn Audiology offers an additional method with objective oculomotor assessment via eye tracking goggles.
Does ImPACT diagnose concussions?
ImPACT is not a tool for diagnosis of concussion; a physician or other qualified healthcare provider will diagnose concussion using other tools such as symptom checklists, physical and other cognitive examinations, and brain scans. Instead, ImPACT is used to measure progress in recovery and to help physicians develop a treatment plan. Doctors and clinicians with the title of “Credentialed ImPACT Consultant” (CIC) have gone through special training to use and administer the tool.
Who should undergo ImPACT testing?
As the name implies, this test was developed to be administered immediately after a concussion. Anyone who has suffered brain trauma, whether from a sports injury, car accident, abuse, fall, or other trauma, may be advised by their physician or healthcare provider to undergo ImPACT testing. Testing after the trauma when brain injury is first diagnosed helps clinicians develop a treatment plan. Continued testing allows them to track progress over time.
Baseline testing for best results
It’s also recommended that people at high risk, such as youth athletes playing collision or high contact sports, take the test before any trauma has occurred. Because this tool works best when baseline levels are available for comparison, professional and student athletes are encouraged to complete the ImPACT before engaging in sports. Baseline testing is becoming more common as people realize how valuable this tool is in planning and tracking recovery.