Clarity Blog

May 18, 2024

Evaluations to Consider (and Not Consider) After Sustaining an mTBI or Concussion

Lately I have been seeing patients who have sustained a mild traumatic brain (mTBI), also known as a concussion, who are being sent for evaluations that are not necessary nor appropriate. It is important to know what you need to do and what is a waste of your time and resources. Below are some recommendations to discuss with your healthcare practitioner, but please don’t take this as medical advice. If you have sustained a concussion, you need to have a doctor managing your case to help you track what steps to need to be taken and what can be avoided. I recommend seeking the care of a doctor who has has specialized training in concussion treatment/management such as someone certified by the Brain Injury Alliance of America: CBIS after their name like what I have.

Bottom line…do not suffer alone. The old advice of waiting in a dark room until symptoms resolve is not the standard of care anymore and hasn’t been for several years. If you’re unsure where to get started, find a doctor who has specialized mTBI/concussion training and get an evaluation. And if you aren’t improving and they aren’t referring you out for further evaluation, then find someone else. There is not one doctor on this planet who knows how to fix every symptom in every patient. It really can sometimes take a village…or as I like to say a team. Find team players and get your life back.

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