Infographic: 5 Layers of Comprehensive Concussion Assessment
A concussion can be difficult to diagnose due to the wide variation in how the injury is sustained, as well as how and when symptoms present. The infographic below outlines five steps taken to assess the nature of your injury. From there, a treatment plan that will be most effective for you will be developed.
- Clinical Interview
This includes asking patients about the nature of their injury, their symptoms from the time of injury, and any pertinent family or medical history that could impact recovery.
- VOMS (Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening)
This involves a series of tests that look at the body systems responsible for integrating balance, vision, and movement.
- Neuropsychological Testing
This determines the level of trouble the person is having with symptoms and measures visual and verbal memory, processing speed, and reaction time.
Simply put, this is either a CT or MRI scan. This is only to rule out a more serious injury. It is NOT used to see if a concussion has occurred.
- Symptoms Assessment
This measures four critical areas: how clear the person is thinking, how well the person is feeling physically, his or her emotional state-of-mind, and any sleeping issues.