ProNeuro Health offers the Biodex as a component of our complete concussion management solution. The Biodex is a diagnostic and concussion management tool used by leading hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and national sports teams throughout the U.S. It is endorsed by neurologists and authorities to care for the growing concussion epidemic.
ProNeuro Health starts their multifaceted approach by giving athletes a simple baseline test of balance and cognitive functions - an important first step in the event of an injury in the future. Should a concussion occur, the information is stored on each athlete with the ability to generate HIPAA-compliant reports. “Using the Biodex as part of the concussion solution is only effective if the physician knows what he or she is looking for and how to correct problems that exist, which is why we chose the Biodex for our office,” explains Dr. Ruben St. Laurent.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate up to 3 million sports-related concussions are happening in the U.S., with school-aged children making up the majority of cases. The rate of reoccurrence is just as alarming. Unless brain function is evaluated on multiple levels and the proper care provided from the inside out, second impact syndrome and the cumulative effects of concussions will continue to be negative factors in sports.
The Biodex Concussion Management Program along with guidance provided by Dr. St. Laurent can dramatically aid the healing process and provide post-injury care that noticeably benefits the patient. Using the initial baseline test, a comparison report is created to help determine the readiness of returning to sports and other activities. “Readiness should not be determined by length of rest, or only one component of concussion assessment. All concussions vary in magnitudes, causing different symptoms. Once we calm the brain from the internal shock, we address the areas of the brain that were affected. For some concussed patients that may be balance, dizziness, and headaches while for others it may be depression and/or cognitive complaints,” explains Dr. St. Laurent.
The Biodex Concussion Management Program is one tool that helps determine where a patient is in the recovery process through the testing of balance and motor control while assessing any dizziness issues and enhancing athletic performance.
Tracking Concussions with Biodex Balance System™ SD
KWTV in Oklahoma reports on how Valir Health is using the Biodex Balance System SD to assess a student athlete's balance to get a baseline assessment before a student starts playing a sport. Later on this same data can be used to determine if a student athlete has suffered a concussion, if it is resolved and if the student is ready to return to play.
Biodex Balance System SD helps monitor kids’ concussions
Some schools like Colchester High School conduct baseline concussion screening tests for each athlete at the beginning of the school year. Transitions Physical Therapy in Colchester, VT uses a test that includes a review of symptoms, neuro-cognitive processing and something called a neuro-physical balance assessment, using the Biodex Balance System SD.
All of our concussion evaluations contribute to enhancing athleticism and concussion recovery care.