Concussions are very nasty injuries that can either have a temporary or long-term negative effect on your life. Concussions are specifically caused when the brain is rocked back and forth or twisted violently inside the skull, usually due to a vicious blow to the head or body. This can cause swelling or bleeding, with symptoms lasting a few days to several months. Some symptoms might also never go away, which can interfere with work, school, and other aspects of daily living.
Concussions are all different, and the symptoms in one patient may not necessarily show up in another. The following are just some of the most common symptoms of concussions.
There are many different ways to test for concussions. Most commonly, a provider will conduct post-concussion testing through cognitive and neuropsychological testing. After obtaining these results, a healthcare provider can prescribe a treatment plan moving forward.
Following a concussion, a health care professional will administer a series of post-concussion tests to examine the extent of the concussion while observing for additional signs and symptoms of a more severe concussion. Many of these post-concussion tests measure a patient’s cognition to assess their functionality. In other words, the cognitive tests are meant to see if a concussion has impaired how the patient thinks.
Neuropsychological testing is often specifically used to identify a concussed patient’s cognitive deficits. Popularly used in sports medicine, neuropsychological tests can evaluate a patient’s short-term memory, concentration, attention span, visual-spatial capacity, mental processing speed, and reaction time.