[Free Download] Clinical Decision Flow Chart #3: Connecting the dots between standard clinical tools and more advanced testing
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Most people who sustain a concussion will recover quickly and fully if given an accurate and timely diagnosis and are properly managed throughout their recovery process. There are, however, a number of risk factors associated with a prolonged recovery, or post-concussion syndrome (PCS). The most commonly associated risk factors include age, gender, history of previous concussions, migraines, learning disorders, motion sensitivity and/or previous ocular motor disorders(1-2). PCS may exist for weeks, months or even years.
Currently, there is no accepted time frame for recovery. Approximately 10-20% of athletes have persistent signs and symptoms of concussion beyond 2 weeks(3) while the majority recover within 7-10 days(4). In non-sport-related concussion, research suggests that up to 33% of individuals may have symptoms beyond 3 months(5).
In these more complex cases, more advanced testing is often needed. Determining which tests are most appropriate can be challenging for health care providers. This clinical tool mentions a battery of tests that are not all inclusive and only represent a sample for each specialty. All testing is not required and should be deemed appropriate by the specialist. Click the button below to get your free download today!
Hopefully, this tool proves helpful as a clinical guide. However, it is not intended to serve as a tool for confirming a medical diagnosis or treatment protocol.
Keep your eyes peeled for our next download connecting the dots between objective findings and recovery!
1. Scopaz KA and Hatzenbuehler JR. Risk modifiers for concussion and prolonged recovery. Sports Health. 2013;5(6):537-541.
2. Collins MW, Kontos AP and et al. A comprehensive, targeted approach to the clinical care of athletes following sport-related concussion. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2014;22(2):235-246.
3. Willer B and Leddy JJ. Management of concussion and post-concussion syndrome. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2006;8(5):415-26.
4. McCrea M, Guskiewicz KM, Marshall SW, et al. Acute effects and recovery time following concussion in collegiate football players: the NCAA Concussion Study. JAMA. 2003;290(19):2556-2563.
5. Binder LM, Rohling ML, Larrabee GJ. A review of mild head trauma: part I. Meta-analytic review of neuropsychological studies. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 1997;19(3):421-43.
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