Anyone can incur a brain injury due to a car accident, a fall, or any other activity. The risk is even higher if you engage in impact sports like football or boxing. Though most often not life-threatening, concussions may cause life altering symptoms that can respond favorably to advanced treatment at a functional neurologist’s office. 

If you are not sure whether or not you have a concussion injury, it’s advisable that you see a doctor. And, if you have suffered multiple concussions, or a more serious blow to the head or the symptoms carry on far beyond a few days, then you should see a functional neurologist concussion specialist.

Neurologist Concussion Specialist in Lafayette

A concussion doctor is a certified health care provider trained in identifying, managing, and treating traumatic brain injury in patients. A concussion specialist can help patients create and abide by an effective recovery program based upon their symptoms, age, work or school schedule, activity level, and other factors. A suitable treatment and management plan may help speed up recovery and produce better results.

What Happens at the Neurologist Concussion Specialist?

Some conditions or injuries like a bone fracture are diagnosed by taking an X Ray.  Concussions are different in that they are a condition of physiological brain dysfunction and there is no one test with which doctors can diagnose a concussion. You can’t see a concussion on an MRI or in a blood test.  While at the concussion center, the functional neurologist concussion specialist will typically perform any of the following in order to evaluate your condition.

  • The doctor will want to know about your concussion history: have you suffered head injuries before? If yes, how did they happen, and how was the recovery pattern. The evaluation may also include an exhaustive look at what kinds of symptoms you are having, what were the circumstances surrounding your injury, and what other medical conditions do you have that may contribute in one way or another to the symptoms you are having.
  • The concussion rehabilitation specialist will then perform a postural stability test (balance test) on the CAPS (Comprehensive Assessment of Postural Systems) unit which assesses sway patterns and the body’s center of pressure.  This test takes about 20 minutes.
  • Then a cognitive test will be performed using the CNS Vital Signs platform. This neurocognitive test takes about 30 minutes. 
  • Next a timing test will be done on the Interactive Metronome to see how well the brain is able to time physical movements with auditory and visual stimuli.  This test takes about 20 minutes.
  • This will be followed by a complete neurological examination which evaluates general neurological function, cerebellar, vestibular system and oculomotor system (eye movement function) to see if any or all of these neurological brain areas are coordinating properly and how they may be triggering or aggravating symptoms.  The exam usually lasts about 2 hours but may take longer depending on the patient’s abilities. Sometimes due to the severity of the concussion symptoms patients will have to do the exam in 2 separate visits.  

At our head injury rehabilitation center, our treatments are embedded in the belief that our body and brain can get cured naturally using non-invasive treatment techniques and nutritional therapies.

Dr.Austin also can perform a Preparticipation concussion exam for your child before they start their specific sport. This can be used as a baseline for possible future concussions and return to play guidelines.   

Looking for a Concussion Specialist Near Me?

Have you been frustrated when googling a “concussion specialist near me?” Dr. Austin is your go-to head injury specialist in Lafayette, CO. Call him today for a free consultation!

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  • Ivy W.

    Dr. Austin is my first phone call every time I have the opportunity to fly back home. I always feel ten times better walking out of his office then I did walking in. He has helped me with chronic neck, sinus, and herniated disc issues. I just wish he made house calls in...

  • Brandon K.

    Dr. Austin is one of the most brilliant, well-rounded health professionals I have ever met. He is able to analyze patients in a holistic way, which enables him to notice things most people miss. His breadth and depth of knowledge in neurology and chiropractic care allows him...

  • Natalie C.

    I came to Dr. Austin after suffering with a chronic illness and brain injury for nearly 2 years. I was afraid to be hopeful because I had already tried many things to heal and was struggling to make further progress. Dr. Austin has several ways of objectively testing brain...

  • Danielle V.

    Dr. Austin is an extremely knowledgeable chiropractic neurologist. He has capabilities to help with a variety of problems, but he specializes in the brain. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is recovering from a concussion, brain fog, or dizziness! And I think all...

  • Sarah Z.

    Dr. Austin's practice has given me the hope of recovery after a difficult brain injury. I found Dr. Austin after seeing many specialists - neurologist, rheumatologist, endocrinologist - and receiving an uncertain diagnosis that left me without a recovery plan. He has brought...

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    We've been going to Dr. Austin for ~25 years. Dr. Austin is an intuitive and caring provider who listens to what we're asking for. Just and adjustment today? Fine. Something more wholistic? That's fine too. You'll be hard pressed to find a more skilled and compassionate...

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    Dr. Austin pretty much saved my life. I was very dizzy from the moment I woke up until the moment a went to sleep every day this year. The feeling would never go away. I had very low quality of life, could barely drive and was on the verge of losing my job because I could no...

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    Is there such a thing as a perfect person? Maybe not, but Dr. Austin sure does come close. Using "alternative" medicine can often be a confusing or scary experience for new people, which is what sets Dr. Austin apart from the rest. When a Doctor takes time to actually explain...

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    No matter where I travel in the world, this is where I will come to have my spine cared for. I started here two years ago with horrible lower back pain and didn't have to come in for another adjustment for almost two years. Impressive holistic approach from this crew....

  • Dory J.

    I started working with doctor Austin in 1998 after a very thorough recommendation by Gail Denton who wrote the book "Brainlash".( btw: If you or someone you know has a traumatic brain injury- buy that book). Through several car accidents and multiple athletic injuries and...

  • Caylen E.

    I have been a patient of Dr. Austin's for many years now, after years of searching for a good chiropractor, and he is hands-down the best! I have never had my neck cracked so perfectly and I feel amazing after every appointment. He uses a lot of functional neurology...

  • Denise M.

    I've been seeing doctor Paul for close to 25 year. He has helped me through my pregnancy, he has adjusted my 21 year old daughter since she was 2 days old. I suffer from lower back, shoulder, and migraine headaches. He has been able to provide relief and continued treatment...

  • Heather Z.

    I have been seeing Dr Austin for years now, originally after a car accident but now more for tune ups. He is one of the most caring and educated healers I have ever been to. I have many friends that have started seeing him as well and they have all been very pleased with the...

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    I have known Dr. Paul since I was 6 years old. He is the most caring and knowledgeable doctor. If you are looking for a new chiropractor I strongly recommend you go see him. He is wonderful!

  • Kathy D.

    Dr. Austin is my chiropractor of choice because of his vast knowledge in sports medicine, neurology, and nutrition to train the root cause of any issue I may have. It is not a blind treatment which is what I have seen in many other chiropractic offices. I am currently...

  • Jesse S.

    I was pretty nervous to get my very first adjustment, but Dr. Austin put my mind at ease. Hugely knowledgeable and very kind. The whole experience was exceptional!

  • Kathy K.

    I started going to Dr. Paul Austin for some neck discomfort and I received so much more. His knowledge of the workings of the nervous system, balance, brain function, etc. has helped me tremendously. He suggestion of simple exercises has helped with overall balance (something...

  • Kathryn M.

    He is a master of his craft. I've used him for about 20 years. He's helped with posture improvement, subluxation, and various injuries.

  • Nathalie P.

    Have been bringing my children and myself to Dr Austin for over 10 years! From neuro support to mental and physical wellness, he looks at our whole bodies and provides nourishing enhancement, alignment and support. Truly grateful for all he does for our family.

  • Genna M.

    I love Dr Austin! He is extremely knowledgeable and excited to share his knowledge. I know that I'm never just going in for a quick fix adjustment. He takes time to talk to you and truly understand exactly what is going on with your body. He is wonderful.

  • Allison J.

    Dr. Austin changed my life. I’m not exaggerating. When I went to see him I was experiencing extreme back pain! Sometimes the pain would shoot down my leg to my foot. I had already seen two healthcare professionals who diagnosed me with Degenerative Disc Disease. One laid out...

  • Bruce I.

    Dr. Austin has been an incredible help to me in over coming chronic back pain. I have seen a lot of doctors over the years to deal with my back and he is the first one to figure out how to help me. Through his guidance I am relatively pain free, eating healthier, loosing 20...

  • Alan B.

    Dr Austin takes special care and pride in his role to heal people and guide them down a healthier path. If it wasn’t for Dr Austin‘s approach after my back had failed I probably would not have been able to walk today, and wouldn’t be as healthy or happy as I am.

  • Cedrick N.

    Dr Austin is one of the best doctor you will ever go to. He is a humble, authentic and caring doctor who also has an impressive knowledge of the human brain and body. I can't say enough about him and highly recommend him.

  • Jim O.

    I have never believed in chiropractors. My best friend, a long distance runner, swore by his. After an injury at home (wrenched my neck and back badly), I saw my primary care doctor. He said I may have shingles and my accident caused it to materialize. After a week of...

  • Ben S.

    I've been a patient of Dr. Austin for a few years now. He has always gone the extra mile to relieve my pain. He helped me recover from an auto accident and has continued to treat me for chrinic back and shoulder issues. I would highly recommend Dr. Austin.

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