A neuropsychological concussion evaluation is essential if you continue to have problems with memory, concentration, or other concussion symptoms. At New York Neuropsychological Services, Nicole Murray, Psy.D., specializes in evaluating subtle brain changes caused by a concussion and recommending individualized treatment if it’s needed for continuing problems. Your evaluation is done in the office located in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, but if you join Dr. Nicole Murray’s concussion group, you’ll meet through video conferencing. To schedule an appointment, call the New York City office or use the online booking feature.
A concussion occurs when a blow to your head or body forces your brain to bounce against the side of your skull. While many concussions develop from a direct impact to your head, your brain can sustain the same trauma from a strong impact elsewhere on your body.
As your brain hits the skull, neural membranes are damaged and nerve activity is suppressed. The impact may also damage blood vessels and cause bruising in the brain.
Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries, and one concussion may not result in long-term problems. However, your brain is temporarily more vulnerable to permanent damage if you were to suffer another concussion.
A head injury should always be evaluated by a doctor, even if your symptoms are mild or you don’t have symptoms right away.
Symptoms may be delayed for hours or days, fooling you into thinking it’s safe to continue your normal activities. Overexerting yourself too soon can lead to worse symptoms and a slow recovery.
Most people do not lose consciousness when they have a concussion. You’ll experience symptoms such as:
Some patients may have a hard time falling asleep or find they sleep too much or too little. You may also experience changes in your mood. For example, you may become irritable, sad, or anxious.
When your symptoms don’t improve or they get worse, Dr. Nicole Murray performs a concussion evaluation. Neuropsychological tests assess your brain function and detect subtle cognitive and neurological problems.
Your evaluation begins with a thorough review of your medical history, with special attention to any prior concussions or brain injuries that didn’t receive medical attention.
Dr. Murray performs a variety of tests designed to measure problems with attention, verbal and visual memory, recall, and your brain’s processing speed and reaction time.
In addition to cognitive testing, Dr. Nicole Murray may evaluate your fine and gross motor skills, perform personality and mood tests, or assess for problems such as nervousness, irritability, and volatile emotions.
If you had baseline neuropsychological testing before your concussion, the results are compared. However, you don’t need an earlier test for your concussion evaluation to reveal accurate results.
Following your evaluation, Dr. Murray may clear you to return to play or recommend ongoing treatment to improve cognitive dysfunction.
If you have concussion symptoms or you need a concussion evaluation, call New York Neuropsychological Services or schedule an appointment online.