Maybe it is more than a neck injury? Was there neurological trauma?
Many of the symptoms that result from auto injuries are obviously related to the direct injury of the spine; neck pain after whiplash, for instance, is easy to understand. However, some symptoms, especially those above C1, are not so easy to diagnose. The staff at Florida Functional Neurology Group (FFNG) are prepared to substantiate and document the true depth and breadth of an individual’s injuries with our 5-point B.E.C.O.N physical and cognitive evaluation. This allows for treatments to be tailored to that individual’s specific needs.
A significant percentage of patients with whiplash report symptoms such as tinnitus, problems with concentration, dizziness, balance issues, visual symptoms, and/or headaches. Emotional symptoms may include irritability, anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances. The management of Whiplash Associated Disorder must include a competent evaluation to rule out mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)/concussion. Our facility utilizes cutting-edge technologies to substantiate and document injuries and the functional limitations those injuries are generating.
Concussions/mTBIs present a risk of post-traumatic headaches in about 40-60% of cases. Neurological inflammation, dizziness, brain-fog, digestive issues, etc., tend to persist for longer periods of time and can lead to chronic disabilities. The rate of Parkinson’s Disease increases 56% after just one concussion. The impact that mTBI/concussions have on the accelerating rate of Alzheimer’s and dementia are beginning to be revealed. Current estimated cost of injury for severe TBIs over a lifetime ranges from $85,000 to over $1.9 million.
90% of all imaging for suspected concussion/mTBI lack evidence of brain injury. Since standard diagnostic tools such as MRI and CT are not helpful in diagnosing mTBI/concussion; it must be diagnosed via a multi- faceted clinical approach. FFNG’s comprehensive 5-point B.E.C.O.N. evaluation includes:
- Balance/Dizziness/Vertigo (Physical Examination & Computerized Assessment)
- Eye Movements (Physical Examination & Computerized Assessment)
- Cognitive Function (Physical Examination, QEEG, & Computerized Assessment)
- Orthopedics (Physical Examination & Computerized Assessment of Ranges of Motion)
- Neurology (Physical Examination and Electrodiagnostics when necessary