Diagnostic Testing for Confirmation of mTBI/Concussion
Topple Diagnostics is an innovative diagnostic services company offering comprehensive vestibular testing for personal injury patients. Topple's platform for dizziness and imbalance was established to provide the most accurate diagnostic information available for testing and managing patients reporting dizziness and/or imbalance. Our program 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.
9.5 Weeks =
Average amount of time it takes MVA patient to referred to a Neurologist from time of accident
Importance of Proper Diagnosis
There is currently no diagnostic test for the presence of a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). mTBI injuries do not appear on any routine brain scan such as a CT or MRI. By definition, an mTBI 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 (i.e. - stay balanced, practice normal sleep patterns, pay attention, etc) are severely compromised.
Topple Diagnostics testing platform measures the functional aspects of a head injury. We created our testing platform specifically to evaluate every aspect of vestibular and equilibrium function. This allows patients to undergo a comprehensive battery of tests that will deliver the most accurate information for diagnosis and management of patient complaints related to the head injury.
Evaluation of Trauma
The vestibular system and the central nervous system work together to help us control our eye, head and body movements to maintain balance. When there is injury to the brain, including injury directly to the temporal lobe, or other traumatic injuries that result from rapid acceleration or deceleration of the head, vestibular dysfunction can result. The key to effective treatment of these disorders is effective evaluation to identify the root cause of symptoms.
Cervicogenic dizziness often accompanies head injury or whiplash injury. Inner ear damage and brain injury typically present with cervical trauma/cervicogenic dizziness. Proper evaluation to distinguish each factor is necessary in order to provide the best management plans for patients as management of the cervical problem can commonly relieve symptoms. It is also necessary to understand cervical function so that other management strategies can be properly performed.
Topple Testing Platform
Vestibular Equilibrium Panel:
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, mTBI, or cervical trauma.
80% of patients with mild Traumatic Brain Injury report ongoing
dizziness and imbalance
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.