Concussions and Head Injury Evaluations
Keep your noggin’ safe! Whether it was fender bender or a major collision, head injuries, are common in car accidents. We use comprehensive testing designed to better diagnose, treat, and care for potential head injuries.
Who Needs to Be Evaluated?
Car accidents victims, weekend warriors, young athletes, or employers where head injuries could occur need to get peace of mind. At Pro-Care, we offer an extensive evaluation using an innovative brain scan and testing platform to measure brain activity.
Concussion care is essential to you and your loved one’s health. After a concussion from a car accident, proper diagnoses and timely treatment is key to ensuring recovery.
We take car accident injuries seriously, especially when it comes to your head. For minor head injuries with concussion-like symptoms, we administer a brain scan test shortly after an injury occurs. Additionally, our trained neuro specialist determines head injury severity and works closely with our medical providers to determine proper concussion management.
Brain Scan Testing
Our brain scan platform utilizes a mixture of neurocognitive tests and an electroencephalogram (aka EEG) to test electrical activity in the brain. No poking, no prodding, it’s a non-invasive, pain-free tool to track and record brain wave patterns. The EEG uses sensors called electrodes to measure the electrical impulses in your brain. Ultimately, those electrical impulses equate to an objective measurement of brain activity. The data from the electrodes is collected via a computer and helps us detect potential problems.
Accident Head Injury Treatment Assessment
After reviewing memory capacity, reaction time, and speed of mental processing indicators from the brain scan platform, our medical provider will discuss the next steps for concussion treatment. They may determine if additional exams, imaging or labs are needed.
Accident Head Injury FAQ
What is a Head Injury?
A head injury, which often may be classified as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), can occur as a result of any force or impact against the skull. Common injuries are a result of falls or car accidents. The severity of the head injury depends on many factors. For example, the rate of speed, force, vehicle design, and the victim’s demographics (age, weight, previous head injuries, etc.).
What is the Difference Between a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and a Concussion?
The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. A concussion is a form of brain injury.
Are Head Injuries Common From Accidents?
Car accidents and unintentional falls are the most common factors resulting in head injury hospitalizations, according to the CDC. When the skull strikes an object (ie. steering wheel, air bag, windshield, door frame), a head injury (minor or major) may have occurred. Often times, the sheer force of accident can cause a head injury where the brain collides with the interior of the skull.
Treatment for Accident Head Injuries?
Depending on the nature of the head injury, treatment varies. In severe accidents where blunt force trauma is evident, emergency treatment (imaging such as MRIs, CT Scans plus neurological evaluations and treatment) will be done. Treatment protocols to help evaluate and diagnose head injuries, including concussions, rely on evidence-based medical standards. For minor head trauma, reducing bright light, screen exposure, and activities that may be prone to additional injuries may be recommended. In addition, general pain management and neuro-cognitive therapy may also be recommended for treatment.