So three tests that we use in our office are walking tests. You see, we’re watching
your gate as you walk to see if there’s any hitch in it. If an arm isn’t swinging, if a leg isn’t swinging correctly, it tells us something clinically.
We’re also gonna do a test called Fukuda step test, where you’re standing with your eyes closed and your arms forward, you’re marching in place. You should be able to do this for 30 seconds and stay looking straight ahead.
When we have neurological signs that can lead us towards a concussion diagnosis, that’s when we see you start turning in place as you’re doing this. You turn one way or the other, you open your eyes and you’re in a completely different part of the room. That’s another test we use.
A third test that we use that’s the biggest factor for us in our office is an FDA approved concussion testing system. There’s only two of ’em that are FDA approved in the United States. We use the one that has less false negatives.
And so, we use this test to really help determine what all of the other symptoms or tests that we look at, and then put ’em into this one test and see how they all come out in one, if you will, like an algorithm of sorts.
And so, we’re gonna go through that. We’re gonna look at your balance. We’re gonna look at your reaction time, how quickly your brain can react to things in addition to the balance that we’re looking at.
So those three things overall, that’s what we’re looking at to really help determine if you have a concussion, whether it’s from sports, whether it’s from an accident, and then what we can do to get you back feeling as best as possible.