Concussion Urgent Care and Walk-In Clinic in Narberth, PA
It’s estimated that more than 4 million Americans suffer from concussions annually, and the rate of concussions is increasing, particularly amongst our young, school-age athletes.
The Reality of Concussions and What To Expect When Diagnosed
Despite the advances in safety in sports and the workplace, concussions are not uncommon. Studies suggest that more than 4 million Americans suffer from concussions every year, and the ratio of concussions is on the rise with young, school-age athletes. However, concussions should be considered limited only to athletics. Concussions can affect everyone from in age group. Car accidents, workplace injuries, an even seemingly minor falls and accidents impacting the head can lead to concussions. These occur as the result of bruises the soft tissue of the brain. Many people may not realize that these injuries cannot be picked up by MRIs or CAT scans, despite how damaging they may be. If you are inflicted with a concussion, you must seek medical care right away. If the initial concussion isn’t properly addressed, and a second impact occurs, individuals are much more likely to suffer brain swelling, permanent brain damage and possibly even death in some tragic cases.
What You Should Expect When Diagnosed With A Concussion
If you feel you have sustained a concussion from a fall or head injury, we will examine you for a concussion by our qualified ImPACT health providers at AFC Narberth. If our examination leads us to believe that you may have suffered a concussion, we’ll provide you detailed instructions on how rest your brain safely. After a day of rest, we will ask you to return the next day. We want you well rested and nourished to complete our ImPACT testing. Our assessment is administered via a computer and concentrates on seven areas, taking approximately 30 minutes to complete. Our test analyzes a variety of cognitive skills utilized to determine the location and severity of your concussion. The test includes:
- Word Memory- Your ability to remember a list of words in the correct sequence.
- Design Memory- The capability to recall exact details of different designs.
- X’s and O’s- An evaluation of both memory and speed.
- Symbol Search- In this test, you are presented with nine numbered shapes and asked to pair the blank shapes to their numerical partners.
- Color Word Match- This examination displays the words “Red,” “Green,” or “Blue” and assesses your ability in matching the word with actual color.
- Three Letters- This test determines how you recall information after completing a task as efficiently as possible.
Finally, in the last part of the evaluation you will be tasked with recalling the word list from your initial memory and the design memory test. It’s clear to see why a good night’s rest is needed for this test!
After 24 hours, our certified ImPACT specialist will review your results with you after he or she has gone over them. These results can be reviewed with your family, your primary care provider and even your athletic coach. Next we will customize a care plan to help you resume your school studies, sports activities, exercise routine, and work quickly and safely.
Why the ImPACT System?
The ImPACT system we use in evaluating patients is the most widely used, respected and statistically validated neurocognitive assessment program. The system is employed by the NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS, and Nascar, among others, for their “return to sports” decisions. ImPACT system is used by thousands of high schools, colleges and the United States military for their “return to duty” decisions.
Information provided by www.ImPACTtest.com.
Formerly AFC Doctors Express