North Shore Wellness & Therapy Center offers ImPACT testing by a physical therapist, Christine Danis, MS, PT. ImPACT stands for Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. The ImPACT test that we offer is the most widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. Many professional teams and organizations around the world trust ImPACT for concussion management. Head injuries are on the rise for athletes at all levels of play and an estimated 4 to 5 million concussions occur annually with increases emerging among middle school athletes.
ImPACT provides trained clinicians with neurocognitive assessment tools that have been medically accepted as state-of-the-art best practices: as part of determining safe return to play decisions. The ImPACT test is one important piece of the overall concussion evaluation and management process. It is a sophisticated test of neurocognitive functioning (thinking, memory, concentration, and information-processing abilities). It is the most scientifically researched concussion management tool. It is a tool that can help health care professionals track recovery of cognitive processes following concussion and help make decisions about academic needs in school as well as athletics.
The ImPACT test is computerized and takes about 25 minutes to complete. Baseline tests are suggested every 2 years to account for brain maturation. Presently the ImPACT test is for kids 10 and older although a pediatric version is soon to come out. If a concussion is suspected, the baseline test report will serve as a comparison to a repeat ImPACT test, which professionals can use to assess potential changes or damage caused by a concussion.
Introducing ImPACT Pediatric, the only FDA-cleared concussion assessment aid for ages 5-11
ImPACT Pediatric provides healthcare professionals with objective measures of neurocognitive functioning for evaluation and management of concussion in younger children. ImPACT Pediatric gives healthcare providers the tools to be proactive and the data to be confident in their approach to concussion evaluation for patients ages 5-11. Use ImPACT Pediatric to establish baseline data in healthy patients, to provide insight into cognitive changes if an injury occurs, and to aid in the development of a personalized course of treatment.
Christine Danis, MS, PT is an ImPACT trained certified physical therapist who can evaluate and treat patients who have suffered a concussion. She can evaluate the cervical spine, ocular and vestibular systems, and balance and plan appropriate treatments based on the evaluation. She uses the BESS (Balance Error Scoring System) to assess balance and the VOMS (Vestibular/Ocular-Motor Screening). Exertion training, balance training, and vestibular and ocular training can all be a part of the rehabilitation with progression to return to play. A customized home exercise program will be tailored to each individual patient. Current research concludes patients that have cervicovestibular rehabilitation were cleared to return to sports much sooner than controls.
ImPACT testing is not covered by insurance.
Initial ImPACT testing is $50.00
Follow Up ImPACT testing is $75.00