Concussion Treatment at Gray Matters

Making The Invisible Injury Visible

TBI analysis

The biggest challenge with concussion is not with diagnosis, but rather the critical decisions made later:

When is an athlete recovered?

When is it safe to return to play?

Not all concussions are the same – in fact there are 6 different types of concussion that can occur separately, or in any combination.

Gray Matters is the regions’ first truly integrated concussion center, bringing together the field’s leading experts to collaborate and coordinate concussion care – to improve diagnosis, target treatment, and accelerate the brain’s recovery.

Expert Diagnosis ⇒ Individualized Treatment ⇒ Better Outcomes

Making the “Invisible Injury” visible

qEEG Baseline Recording

Imagine making a perfect recording of your child’s brain, so that if anything happens to them, you can compare their brain after injury with how it was before, and see exactly how it changed.

This is not science fiction—it’s science now.

This is the technology that Gray Matters has already provided to dozens of young athletes to insure that if anything does happen, the assessment of their injury and the management of their recovery is based on real data.

qEEG provides a perfect image
of current brain function:

In case an injury occurs, reflected by changes in measured brain function:

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By getting an initial qEEG baseline, we are then able to compare changes in your brain post- concussion or head injury.

For decades, the standard approach to concussions has remained largely unchanged despite significant research that has changed our understanding of the brain. We now know that qEEG recordings are not only able to detect the presence or absence of a concussion, but also the precise degree of damage in the brain.

qEEG Concussion Analysis

The Gray Matters qEEG Concussion Program

qEEG Concussion Analysis

Assessing concussion severity and tracking recovery is notoriously difficult, made worse by the fact that athletes often minimize their symptoms so they can return to play.

Relying on an individual’s self-report when making crucial concussion decisions often leads athletes to return to play before their brains have fully healed, sometimes resulting in far more severe, and long-lasting injury.

Gray Matters uses qEEG to provide extraordinary clarity in the analysis of injury, producing unprecedented information:

  1. The extent of the injury.
  2. The impact of the injury on specific brain functions.
  3. The tracking of recovery, so that the decision to return to play is based on data, not deduction.

Assessing concussion severity based on measured brain activity

Predicting concussion symptoms based on functional cortical networks, and tracking their recovery over time

Gray Matters is proud to be working with King Low Heywood in Stamford, the first school in the Northeast to adopt neuroimaging as part of their concussion management protocol.

The program has already provided training staff and parents with unprecedented clarity with their concussion management. We expect more schools to enroll soon.


Tracking Recovery and Treatment

For over a decade, Gray Matters has used (and refined) the use of neurofeedback to train the brain, restoring normal function even after months or years of post-concussive symptoms. By measuring and rewarding changes in brain function in real time, neurofeedback is able to speed-up recovery, or gently “unstick” the stuck post-concussive brain.