We work with patients of all ages and walks of life who are experiencing a wide range of neurological, physical and emotional trauma. We approach and treat each patient in the same way, by measuring everything from physical responses to neurological stimulation. We guide our patients through our specially designed intake process to get the information that we need to best understand their unique situation. Along the way, we educate them so that they can continue to provide us with the data we need to uncover the cues that will lead us to a successful outcome.
Services at Highmark Health:
Baseline is a set of evaluations performed at Highmark Health that are designed to evaluate brain function from multiple perspectives. The diagnosis of concussion continues to be based on clinical assessment. There is no definitive medical “test” that diagnoses concussion, rather there are a variety of abnormalities that can be observed, and as a sum of the parts suggest the diagnoses of concussion probable.
For patients who have suffered a concussion, one of the most concerning sets of symptoms faced is neurocognitive dysfunction. This comprises elements of any of the following challenges that present in unique patterns for each patient:
Concussion is a diagnosis that has been present within the medical body of literature since the time of Hippocrates, however, it has been all but ignored as a significant and deleterious disease process until the past 10 years when professional athletes and media attention brought it to the forefront of awareness within Sports Medicine, and other subspecialists who deal with athletes.
Physio Therapists are key members of the Highmark Health’s clinical team. Our Physio Therapists are licensed healthcare providers who provide services to patients that develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability following an injury.
Sports Medicine in the Highmark culture focuses on patients who live active lifestyles, as well as patients who are attempting to continue to live active lifestyles.
Vestibular dysfunction following concussion is often subtle and lacks the classic signs that neurologists and ENT clinicians have come to depend on diagnostically. In concussion, the injury is at a cellular level and the patterns of dysfunction are often similarly microscopic.
Concussions or mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) can cause visual and perceptual deficiencies that make daily tasks more challenging, frustrating, or overwhelming. Optometry, with a focus in concussion, is one of the many professions that is involved at Highmark.