Diagnostic Testing for Confirmation of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Topple Diagnostics is an innovative diagnostic services company offering comprehensive testing for personal injury patients who have sustained head injuries. Our testing platform utilizes the latest technology in diagnostics to evaluate both head injuries and equilibrium function as a result of a possible concussion, also known as a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI).
Dizziness & Head Injury
More than 80% of patients with mTBI report ongoing dizziness and imbalance; however, MRI and CT scans are currently not capable of detecting mTBI. By definition, mTBI's typically falls into the category of functional impairment, not structural damage. In other words, there is typically no gross damage to the structures involved, but the patient’s ability to function normally (stay balanced, practice normal sleep patterns, pay attention, etc) are severely compromised.
The vestibular system is the sensory system that contributes the most information about movement, balance and a sense of spatial orientation. It plays an important role in our ability to safely navigate through our environment. If damaged, it could be a main reason for balance difficulties. This damage can cause dysfunction of the system and it is extremely important to evaluate and identify.
The vestibular system is essentially divided into two main systems:
Peripheral Vestibular System = the balance organs of the inner ear and the pathways to brainstem.
2. Central Vestibular System = the brain and brainstem parts of the central nervous system that help produce balance and spatial information.
Our Testing Platform
Head Injury Panel
Vestibular Equilibrium Panel
Topple’s Head Injury Panel is a diagnostic screening tool utilized to identify the potential underlying causes of a mTBI, also known as a concussion. We utilize several diagnostic tests, including Ocular Motility testing (the only research backed objective test measure), to identify functional impairment to a patient's central nervous system.
Have a client with a head injury that needs to be evaluated by Topple? Contact Us to get them scheduled.
Our Vestibular Equilibrium Panel evaluates the auditory and vestibular systems, as well as associated central nervous system and balance components to provide a comprehensive understanding of the status of the dizzy/imbalanced patient. Our testing assists in confirming central and/or peripheral involvement that can be due to head injury, TBI, concussion or cervical trauma.
Concussion symptoms fit into the following four categories. Presence of three or more of the following symptoms within four weeks of injury is classified as Post-Concussion Syndrome:
Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized form of therapy designed to reduce dizziness and imbalance. It involves an individualized, problem-oriented approach to promote compensation and brain adaptation. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based treatment program designed to promote vestibular compensation, habituation, adaptation, or substitution.
The goals of VRT are:
Increase Postural Stability
Incorporating vestibular therapy into the rehabilitation process of those who have sustained a brain injury can have excellent results in returning their function and reducing future risks. Although Topple does not perform vestibular rehabilitation ourselves, please click here for a list of physical therapists that are certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy.