ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is an FDA-approved test we use in our clinic to assist in management of concussions.
It is computer based and set up similar to a video game, taking a total of 25-30 minutes to complete.
It provides an objective tool to help assess patient recovery and readiness for return to activity.
It evaluates memory, attention span, visual and verbal problem solving.
Who should be tested?
Testing is for patients who are 12 years and older.
Baseline testing (prior to injury) should be done for all athletes in the preseason. Repeat baseline should be done every two years.
If a concussion occurs, or you are worried your child may have a concussion, we will repeat testing in addition to a full evaluation of the patient. Repeat/post-injury testing will be compared to the baseline results and help us manage the concussion.
All children should be evaluated by a medical professional for a concussion, even if they do not have baseline testing.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused from a bump, bolt, or jolt to the head.
Some symptoms appear immediately, while others take hours or days to appear.
80% of concussions resolve within 2-3weeks of injury
Children and adolescence are more susceptible to concussions due to brain development.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
Concussion symptoms fall into a few categories:
Physical: headaches, nausea, sensitivity to light and noises
Sleep: trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, sleeping more than usual
If you think your child has a concussion, you should seek prompt medical evaluation.
It is important to remember that some head injuries should be evaluated in the emergency room. If your child has loss of consciousness, severe head pain, vomiting, slurred speech, weakness, seizure-like activity, difficulty with coordination, or increased drowsiness you should call 911 or report to the emergency room.
How do I make an appointment?
Please call the office for more information at (708) 424-7600. Baseline testing is $50 out -of-pocket cost and is not billable to the insurance.
Once your child is diagnosed with a concussion, we will establish an individual plan to help safely return your child to school and activity. This plan will include physical and mental rest in addition to behavioral modifications