Who should get a brain assessment?
There are 3 groups of individuals that are at high risk for concussions/brain injuries: children (ages 12-18), athletes, and geriatrics. We recommend that individuals in these populations obtain brain assessments as soon as possible, BEFORE their brain is injured. This evaluation will allow your healthcare team to have baseline measurements that we can utilized to diagnose a brain injury, and know when it is healed. However, in reality, everyone will benefit from having a thorough assessment.
How often should someone get a brain assessment?
Everyone should be assessed if they sustain a head injury, or suspect a neurological challenge. Individuals that play competitive, or contact sports, should have an assessment performed before and after/between seasons. Individuals not competing in sports, but are in the high-risk populations (children and geriatrics) are recommended to have an evaluation each year. Those in the normal-risk populations are advised to have an assessment performed every three years.
What happens if you find something wrong?
Our reports will include your results, the optimal range, the healthy range, and an abnormal range. If your scores fall within the abnormal range, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Antonucci. In many cases, there are simple exercises that can be recommended and performed to restore normal function in a matter of days to weeks. In the event that exercises are ineffective, Dr. Antonucci may recommend a guided treatment plan.
Should I ask my doctor before getting assessed?
Dr. Antonucci oversees all brain health assessments, and has a pristine safety and satisfaction history. You can read more about Dr. Antonucci and his credentials here. Although it's not necessary, we do encourage you to talk to your doctor before getting assessed. We are certain that they will see the value in our assessment, and may be eager to read our reports. Once we have collected your data and Dr. Antonucci has interpreted the reports, he would be happy to consult with your doctor, if you want him to.