The best way to recover from a concussion is to seek out comprehensive rehabilitation. While you may need and should seek out emergency care in the event of traumatic brain injury, this is not a guarantee you’ll avoid long-term effects and lingering symptoms. It is possible to restore brain health much more fully through the support of a functional neurologist.

Traditional medical care typically can provide important screening for serious, immediate risks to the brain as a result of concussion. This type of assessment is valuable, and the temporary relief a patient may receive through pain medications may be helpful in the short term. Functional neurology takes a different approach—one that focuses on recovery, restoration and lasting brain health.

A functional neurologist will utilize the latest equipment and technology to fully assess a concussion patient. This means evaluating brain health and function and brain-body challenges that may result in symptoms. When these root causes are addressed, the patient feels better as brain function is improved in the present but also for the future. Best of all, a concussion patient can obtain optimal health and wellness without pharmaceutical drugs or any invasive procedures.

The first step in this unique type of care for concussion recovery involves comprehensive examination, including a complete neurological examination. Extensive, thorough testing is the only way to determine the underlying cause of a concussion patient’s health issues, including any symptoms. A functional neurologist will accurately and precisely assess damage caused by traumatic brain injury by evaluating and measuring critical function areas such as cognitive processing, motor coordination and reaction time, vestibulo-ocular and vestibulo-spinal reflexes and more.

Any patterns that are starting to develop can be identified through this type of robust testing of function. It’s then possible to develop a therapeutic support plan to make improvements and prevent the development of additional problems. Since every individual is unique and no two brain injuries are exactly the same, the care plan is individualized. Therapeutic support is based on the patient’s precise needs. It’s a customized, comprehensive approach, so results are obtained as fully and efficiently as possible.

Functional neurologists take a multi-disciplinary approach to care and utilize a variety of tools and therapies to help concussion patients. This includes special evaluation and training devices and programs such as Interactive Metronome, Dynavision D2™, ARP Wave Neuro Therapy and more. As the neurological origins of physiological symptoms are addressed, testing can yield measurable results that can be evaluated and tracked, so progress is carefully assessed, too.

The best type of care for recovery from concussion will focus on helping the patient recover and heal in specific ways. If you’re seeking comprehensive support that is proven effective in restoring full brain function, work with a functional neurologist who is experienced in concussion care.