Concussion Rehabilitation Programs & Baseline Screening
rain injuries, whether traumatic or acquired, can range from mild to severe. They can interfere with the way a person thinks, behaves and functions, leaving the individual unable to perform basic tasks and affecting memory, concentration, communication, speech, swallowing and vision, as well as mobility. For some, recovery can take weeks or months. For others, it is a lifelong process. Our brain injury rehabilitation professionals understand this and work tirelessly to help patients maximize their skills and independence.
As a leader in concussion evaluation and management, Missouri Brain & Spine delivers an integrated and intensive brain injury rehabilitation program to address the complex needs of each patient. As a specialized facility, we provide the earliest possible start to brain injury rehabilitation to help optimize the recovery of individuals at every level of injury: physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral.
Our comprehensive brain injury rehabilitation program also focuses on the unique needs of individuals who have a dual-diagnosis of traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury and require advanced treatment for their complex physical, functional and cognitive challenges.
Our goal-directed approach helps brain injury patients to:
- Maximize functional outcomes
- Develop new cognitive and behavioral strategies to compensate for any deficits
- Improve physical function and mobility to enhance the skills needed to perform daily activities.
- Overcome the psychological and social problems that often interfere with the life at home, work and/or in the community
Comprehensive Concussion Assessments
A Baseline Concussion Test is an important piece to concussion management. Missouri Brain & Spine realizes that concussion is unique, so it is important to treat individuals on a case-by-case basis. Comparing post-injury test scores of an individual to their own baseline test scores from before the concussion is considered best practice.
Without a baseline test to use for comparison, an individual’s post-injury test scores can only be compared to the general population. Whenever possible, we want to compare apples to apples, and Baseline Concussion Tests allow us to do just that. Also, because baseline testing usually occurs early in the season, the very act of getting tested will raise concussion awareness for athletes, parents, and coaches.
fter a concussion occurs, it is important to measure how well your brain functions post-injury. Knowing this information can assist in planning an effective rehabilitation program. At the Missouri Brain & Spine, we believe that a comprehensive approach to concussion management starts before the injury actually occurs. As a result, a valid Baseline Concussion Test is the first step to effective concussion management.
Having a Baseline Concussion Test is like having insurance. As a preventative measure, these baseline tests are typically taken prior to a sport season when an athlete has not yet had exposure to training and/or competition. In the event of a concussion is received during the season, the same test (a “post-injury”) is taken again by the athlete, yielding comparative scores from before and after the injury. Our comprehensive and evidence-based testing exceeds far beyond the standards within the industry to localize even the most mild and asymptomatic injuries. Whether establishing baseline or post injury function, our physicians will evaluate:
• Reaction Time
• Memory Capacity
• Speed of Mental Processing
• Attention, focus & concentration
• Neuropsychological testing
• Vestibular testing (CDP & VNG)
• Extraocular functional testing (VNG & saccadometry)