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Why You Need Baseline Testing

woman sitting on street with headacheYou don’t expect it to happen. You’re watching your child out on the ice and they slide into the boards. Perhaps you’re at work and something hits your head unexpectedly. A collision occurs while you’re playing your sport. You know that you don’t feel quite right but can’t be certain whether you’ve had a concussion. There is no diagnostic test that can tell you with 100% certainty. So, what can you do?

A Basis for Comparison

By having baseline testing done, you’ll have a measurement to begin with. Then, when you’re injured, you can have baseline testing repeated and compare your scores from each testing session.

When you compare them, you’ll know which areas of your brain have been affected. In discovering this information, we can determine which rehabilitation protocol is most appropriate for you.

Confirming or Ruling Out Concussion

When we do baseline testing, we measure three basic areas:

  • Neurocognitive function
  • Vestibular and Oculomotor Systems (VOMS)
  • Balance and posture stability

From these three aspects, you’ll get an overall score. If we find that there is no change from your initial testing, then a concussion likely did not occur. We can also retake the tests as you continue through your concussion protocol. We’ll gain clear measures that tell us when you’re back to your normal function and can resume your daily activities.

Learn more about getting the attention you need when you’ve been injured. Contact Dr. Dale Byrne today!

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