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. Doctors of Chiropractic with current ACBSP™ DACBSP certificate of additional qualifications in sports medicine are qualified to manage the concussed individual in any patient population.
Assessment / Tests -
SCAT 5 - Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5 is a standardized sideline concussion screening tool for use by medical professionals.
Pediatric SCAT 5 - Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5 is a standardized sideline concussion screening tool for use by medical professionals for children.
Balance and vestibular tests - are used to detect a variety of symptoms relating to the integration of balance, vision, and proprioception.
Base Line - assessments of balance, vision, memory, attention, and more that measure how the brain functions prior to a head injury. These tests are compared to post-injury scores following a concussion.
Imaging - different technologies used to give clinicians visual representations of the brain, neck and spine.
The King-Devick test - is a tool used in concussion baseline and post injury sideline assessment.
Neuro-Optometric Assessments - measure aspects of vision relating to the brain and visual system.
Neurological Exam - an assessment of nervous system functioning, including tests of movement and sensation.
Neuropsychological - a comprehensive way of measuring all aspects of cognition and thinking including attention, processing speed, language, memory, and reasoning.
Occupational therapy assessments - are used by occupational therapists to measure brain function and subjective reports of difficulties with occupation and daily roles.
Sideline Assessments - A variety of tests used by healthcare professionals to assess athletes for concussion or other injury at the sidelines.
Education & Resources -
If any of your symptoms worsen rapidly over a short period of time, seek emergency medical attention.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your physician.
- Balance problems
- Changes in gait
- Changes in physical coordination
- Feeling "not right" or "off"
- Loss of balance and unsteady walking
- Problems walking
- Recurrent dizziness
- Sensation of moving while still
- Spinning room
- Tinnitis or "ringing in the ears"
- Amnesia before or after the traumatic event
- Answers questions slowly
- Appearing dazed
- Changes in behavior
- Concentration and memory complaints
- Decreased attention
- Delayed response to questions
- Diffculty thinking clearly
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering
- Difficulty remembering new information
- Disorders of taste and smell
- Feeling as if in a fog
- Feeling slowed down
- Forgetful of recent information or conversation
- Headache while reading
- Memory problems
- Not thinking clearly
- Repeats questions
- Sensitivity to noise
- Slowed reaction times
- Crying excessively
- Easily upset or angry
- Feeling anxious
- Feeling more emotional
- Feeling sad
- Involuntary crying
- Lack of interest in favorite activities
- Listlessness / tiring easily
- Mood changes
- Personality changes
- Psychological adjustment problems
- Uncontrollable crying
- Uncontrollable laughing
Neck & Spine
- Feeling of pressure in the head
- Mild headache
- Moderate headache
- Neck pain
- Abnormal eye movement
- Blurry vision
- Changes in vision
- Double vision
- Eye strain or feeling of pressure behind the eyes
- Fuzzy vision
- Seeing stars
- Sensitivity to light
- Visual problems
- Change in eating or sleeping patterns
- Feeling tired
- Having low or no energy
- Lack of energy
- Sleep disturbances
- Sleeping less than usual
- Sleeping more than usual
- Trouble falling asleep
- Trouble staying asleep
- A headache that gets worse over time
- Changes in speech
- Difficulty recognizing people or places
- Draining of blood or clear fluid from the ears or nose
- Inability to wake up
- Lasting confusion
- Loss of consciousness
- Pupils that are bigger than normal (dilated pupils)
- Repeated vomiting
- Severe headache
- Slurred speech
- Symptoms that worsen over time
- Unequal pupil size (one pupil is larger than the other)
- Vision or eye disturbances
- Weak muscles
- Changes in napping
- Lack of interest in favorite toys
- Large head bumps or bruises on areas other than the forehead
Cognitive rehabilitation - is a form of occupational therapy designed to improve function and return patients to daily activities.
Cerebral Spinal Fluid Flow - Sacral Occipital Respiratory Mechanism and Spinal Righting Reflexes are used to evaluate and restore optimal cerebral spinal fluid flow to support rapid healing of the Central nervous system.
Graduated Return-to-Play Protocol - athletes move through a graded progression of increased activity while monitoring symptoms under close supervision.
Vestibular therapy - is a specific type of therapy that uses targeted exercises to help decrease dizziness, imbalance, and vertigo, which can occur with vestibular dysfunction.
Vision therapy - is a form of therapy used on the eyes and brain that is designed to resolve vision problems.
Neuro-Organizational Technique - supports brain-integration, sensory processing.
Total Body Modification - restores function of self-regeneration inherent to the human body.
Injury Prevention Service Volunteer-
Injury prevention services - are available for schools, youth leagues, and tournaments
Baseline Testing - assessments of balance, vision, memory, attention, and more that measure how the brain functions prior to a head injury. These tests are compared to post-injury scores following a concussion.
Education & Lectures - educational seminars are available to schools, organizations, and leagues at no cost. Presentations include the most up-to-date information on concussion signs and symptoms, assessment, treatment, research, and state laws.
Research - our research program focuses on the development of collaborative treatment modalities and novel interventions for those affected by concussion.