Did you know that there is an average lag of 17 years from research and development (R&D) into clinical practice? (Bales and Boren, 2000). Keep in mind that research and development (R&D) frequently does not include those providers in the field that are practicing cutting edge medicine based on anecdotal findings…anecdotal findings that produce positive outcomes and most often in fewer visits.
We have only touched the tip of the iceberg in regards to best practices for concussion management. Successful treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis. To date, there is no universally accepted means of diagnosing a concussion. We currently rely on a number of tools of which the clinical examination is extremely critical to identify functional impairments.
There are many sophisticated tools to provide more objective information on cognitive, visual and vestibular function. Although there are recognizable common signs and symptoms associated with a concussion, it is critical for providers to understand each individual is unique in their clinical presentation and, above all, how they may recover. Not only can one individual differ significantly from another with a similar mechanism of injury but the individual themselves can differ on how they recover from repeated injuries.
Education is key. Attending The Concussion Health Summit sends a message that you are committed to your profession and that you want to continue to learn and grow. These factors create trust and value among your patients/clients as well as other referring providers.
It is critical for providers to know once you have seen one concussion, you have seen one concussion. There are a number of current tools (clinical and computerized) to provide a comprehensive examination – an examination that would include assessment of symptoms, cognition, the oculomotor system and vestibular function. Such an examination allows for a customized treatment plan…yes, “treatment.”
Concussion should be considered not just manageable but treatable.
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