Brain Injury and Stroke

Self-Portrait of Anton Raderscheidt illustrating his road to recovery from a strokeBrain injuries of every type can occur at any age.  They are usually either due to an external event, such as a car accident, sports injury or fall (Traumatic Brain Injury or (TBI), or to an internal one such as a stroke (Cerbro-vascular accident or CVA).  Depending on the type of injury that the brain sustains the effects can be general (i.e. reduced attention, concentration, headaches, changes in mood) or specific (for instance, problems with memory, speech or vision) or both.  Neuropsychological assessments are usually most useful once the acute phase of the injury is over and the patient has stabilized. They allow understanding the nature of the deficits and mapping of their time course, permitting focused treatment and long-term planning.   We have experience both with the unique issues that face students and adults as they are recovering.  

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) occurs when the brain is jarred, for instance in a fall or during sports, and is often mild and time-limited. Nevertheless, under certain circumstances, particularly when not managed appropriately, it can have devastating effects. Typically, common imaging techniques, such as a CAT scan or MRI show no findings.  We use brief, computerized testing to track recovery, and only a minority of cases requires more extensive testing.  We are also available to assist in the management of MTBI. More information can be found on the Sports Concussion page.

To schedule an evaluation or if you have any questions, please email or call (410) 303-0335.