Brain concussions and the potential for long lasting effects of a mild brain injury are not always obvious to healthcare providers at the time of injury. But recent advances are being made to create tools and tests to assess the potential for long term post-concussion symptoms (PCS) in patients. This is particularly important because recent studies have shown that even mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause long term healthcare problems.
A recently published study at the University of Cincinnati involved the use of robotic tests to evaluate the risk of long term healthcare problems in ER patients with concussion symptoms. The tests (KINARM Standard Tests) tracked specific body movements and behavior, e.g., evaluating a patient’s “position sense” in relationship to arm movement. The study outcomes showed that the robotic tests, created by BKIN Technologies Ltd. in Canada, were able to “discriminate between subjects who developed post-concussion syndrome and those who did not.” It was evident in performance data that patients with poor results in “visuomotor and proprioceptive” were more likely to suffer from post-concussion syndrome. The short videos below demonstrate how test results differ between a healthy patient and one who has suffered a brain injury.
Currently the KINARM Labs are only available in research, but if additional studies support the results, robotic movement and behavioral tools may soon become available in emergency rooms to help predict long term outcomes for patients with mild traumatic brain injuries.
If you or someone in your family has had a concussive episode or other type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), you should consult an experienced attorney to assess your eligibility for financial assistance from medical or other insurance carriers. Consultations are usually free and services are often offered on a contingency basis.