Concussion awareness has significantly increased over the last several years. This increased awareness has been vital to treating concussions appropriately after recognition. Part of the management and ultimate treatment for concussions is aided by neuropsychological (computer memory) testing for athletes age 10 and up.
One of the newer types of testing used in evaluating concussions, is neuropsychological testing. It is one of several tools that our concussion experts at Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic use to evaluate an athlete with a concussion. This type of testing is designed to give an objective measurement of brain function. Neuropsychological testing does not, by itself, determine if an athlete has experienced a concussion or when they may safely return to play. The information obtained from doing a baseline test before injury can be one more tool used by the physician in management.
Ideally, a baseline (pre-injury test) of the athlete would be obtained to serve as a comparison for testing done in the office after injury. However, if this is not possible, the data collected during the initial visit to the concussion clinic will be compared to standardized scores (normative data).
Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC) is happy to offer ImPACT testing at our concussion clinic. ImPACT is a widely used and studied form of neuropsychological test. ImPACT testing is used by the NFL, NBA, Major League Soccer, NHL, many Colleges and Universities, among others.
To learn more about ImPACT testing visit their website at: www.impacttest.com.
To Obtain Testing
As part of Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic’s continued efforts to benefit the community from a health standpoint, we offer neuropsychological (ImPACT) testing to athletes and other active patients age 10 and up. Regardless of ImPACT testing, if you suspect a concussion, we are able to treat the athlete through our cutting edge concussion clinic headed by Dr. Chad Greer and Dr. Jaime Pedraza. If you are interested in having testing done, or have a concussion that needs an evaluation, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Certified Athletic Trainers, or Dr. Greer’s and Dr. Pedraza’s Clinical Assistant so that we can assist you.
The Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic expert concussion management team is ready to assist you in your head injury evaluation or by obtaining baseline Neuropsychological (ImPACT) testing.
For baseline Neuropsychological (imPACT) testing call Ryan at (919) 863-6976
Our concussion clinic will be available at five convenient locations in Raleigh, North Raleigh, Cary, Garner, and Holly Springs. Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic will also accommodate walk-in concussions to one of our two urgent care clinics, located at:
- Raleigh Orthopaedic Edwards Mill Urgent Care
Address: 3001 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh, NC 27612
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 p.m
Appointments can be scheduled directly by patients/parents, physicians, athletic trainers, or coaches. Please contact our concussion hotline which directs you to our Concussion Athletic Trainers (see below) or call our appointment line at (919)863-6808.
For appointments with Dr. Greer (patients age 18-26 years old) call Katie at (919) 781-5600 Ext: 5623
For appointments with Dr. Pedraza (patients age 5-30 years old) call Liz at (919) 781-5600 Ext: 5611