It has been shown that even a minor brain injury can almost double the chances of acquiring Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and Depression/Anxiety.
That’s why we have carefully chosen specific tests to help with the early diagnosis and thus early treatment of many injuries that can occur with an accident, whether from a motor vehicle accident or a fall.
One of the main symptoms of a concussion is dizziness or vertigo. Often because no other test can define why you are having dizziness, doctors ignore your symptoms. We know dizziness can make your life miserable so we offer testing that can help explain what is going on and why.
The ANAM, or Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics, is a group of computer-based tests designed to assess a person’s cognitive function after a concussion. This includes traumatic brain injuries often observed after a car accident, certain whiplash injuries, and sports concussions.
The ANAM includes 22 individual tests that evaluate changes in:
- Reaction time
- Processing speed
- Executive functions
Interesting Fact: ANAM testing was developed by the Department of Defense and continues to be used by multiple branches of the military as well as NASA, sports concussion screening at West Point, and Paratrooper training at Fort Bragg.
VNG, or vestibulonystagmogram, is a group of eye-movement tests designed to assess vestibular system damage in people with vertigo, dizziness, symptoms due to a concussion, and balance difficulties. The test uses infrared video goggles to measure and record eye movements, including involuntary eye movements called nystagmus, and determine whether the damage is to the central vestibular(brain and brainstem) and/or the peripheral vestibular system(inner ear and the pathways to the brainstem).
Interesting Fact: After Accident Care has the region’s 1st VNG and Computerized Posturography specifically designed to study accident-related trauma.
Computerized Dynamic Posturography, or CDP, is a series of tests using a balance plate and computer to assess balance and postural stability in people with balance difficulties and/or dizziness. The goal is to identify functional impairments and then develop an individualized treatment plan to help promote balance and safety with normal daily activities.
Interesting Fact: People that have a history of falling score worse on the CDP than people who don’t have a history of falling.