Concussion Testing

Rocky Mountain Accident Care

Physical Therapist & Auto Injury Specialist located in Aurora, Boulder, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Lakewood, Centennial and Westminster, CO

If you’ve been in an automobile collision or other accident and suspect a concussion, concussion testing is important to determine if you have a traumatic brain injury. At Rocky Mountain Accident Care in Aurora, Boulder, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Lakewood, Centennial and Westminster, Colorado, the medical staff diagnoses and treats concussions so you can make a full recovery and avoid permanent brain damage. Call Rocky Mountain Accident Care to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Concussion Testing Q & A

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that causes temporary losses in normal brain function. It’s caused by hitting your head with great force. You might experience a concussion after being in an automobile accident or participating in contact sports. Proper concussion testing and treatment can help you make a full recovery.

What are the symptoms of concussions?

If you suffer from a traumatic brain injury, you might experience the following symptoms:

  • Headaches or a feeling of pressure in your head
  • Confusion or feeling like you’re in a fog
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Poor memory of the traumatic event
  • Ringing in your ears or slurred speech
  • Seeing stars or dizziness
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Fatigue and sleep disturbances
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Irritability or other personality changes

Children with concussions might cry excessively, become irritable, experience balance problems, show a lack of interest in favorite toys, or have changes in sleeping or eating patterns. Sometimes symptoms of a concussion appear right away, and other times symptoms happen several hours or days after a head injury.

What is concussion testing?

The medical staff at Rocky Mountain Accident Care uses special techniques to test you for traumatic brain injuries, including:

  • ClearEdge® testing to assess brain health and wellness
  • Verbal assessments about the incident and your symptoms
  • A physical examination
  • Balance and other tests to check your brain’s function
  • CT scans
  • MRIs

Your symptoms and the severity of a head injury determine which concussion test your provider recommends.

How are concussions treated?

If your head injury isn’t life-threatening, concussion treatment involves making lifestyle changes that allow your body and brain to heal. Your individual treatment plan might include instructions to:

  • Get a lot of rest
  • Avoid sports and other physical activity until symptoms subside
  • Limit activities that involve thinking, such as schoolwork or reading
  • Avoid screen time from televisions, phones, computers, and iPads
  • Take physician-approved over-the-counter pain relievers for headaches

Your doctor might recommend gradually increasing physical activity or schoolwork when symptoms begin to subside. Use caution when resuming contact sports and get your provider’s permission before doing so, as a second blow to the head before a full recovery might be much worse or even fatal.

If you’ve experienced head trauma from an automobile or other accident, seek a medical evaluation and concussion testing as soon as possible to determine the severity of your head injury, receive the appropriate treatment, and prevent future head injuries. Call Rocky Mountain Accident Care today or schedule an appointment online.