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Don't Take Chances With Concussion Diagnosis

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Monday, 06 May 2019 11:56 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In the movie “The Money Pit,” Walter Fielding (Tom Hanks) and Anna Crowley (Shelley Long) learn two important lessons: If it looks too good to be true, it usually is; and don't try to fix it yourself.

A similar warning was recently issued by the Food and Drug Administration about the dangers of using unapproved medical devices to diagnose and assess concussions.

These unapproved do-it-yourself medical devices come as apps that are available on a smartphone or tablet and are popping up all over.

They say they can measure cognitive changes in concentration and memory, and physical changes such as vision, balance, and speech that could occur with a concussion.

But don't fall for it. Missing or delaying a diagnosis of a concussion can have far-reaching consequences, including permanent brain fog, fatigue, dizziness, mood changes, and more.

Now there are FDA-approved concussion-assessment devices; we reviewed one recently that uses a virtual reality eye-tracking platform to aid in evaluation of concussion. That's the kind of technology you should be lobbying for at your schools or medical facilities.

If a head trauma is sports-related, you can rely on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Return to Play protocols (actually, they're laws) that are in place in all 50 states.

When it comes to concussion, you have to use your head. Don't look for short cuts or quick fixes.

If your team has a certified athletic trainer, ask for his or her advice. Then head for a doctor's office or hospital, not your computer.

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