How is a Concussion Diagnosed?
Any person suspected of having a concussion / TBI needs to see a doctor. The doctor will ask series of questions related to the injury to determine how the person's brain is currently functioning. Some questions will test your ability to pay attention, solve simple problems and how your memory is working. Other tests will include balance and movement through space. The doctor will also check your strength, reflexes, and sensation.
Additional tests may be ordered depending on responses during initial examination. Imaging testing such as CT scan and/or MRI of the brain may also be done to ensure there is no internal bleeding or other damage. Neuropsychological tests may also be ordered to evaluate how well you are processing information, if you have memory deficits, language difficulties or if there is impairment of your organization and planning abilities.