Concussion Rehabilitation

Treating Concussions With An Individualized Plan

It can be very difficult to determine whether or not someone has a concussion, as symptoms do not always appear right away. They may not become present for hours, days, weeks or months and can last for just as long. If you or your child has sustained a concussion, physical therapy can help. 

Therapist working with child on concussion rehabilitation
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In rare cases, mostly in adolescents, if someone returns to activity before being completely symptom free of a concussion and sustains then another blow to the head, they could suffer from a very serious condition called Second Impact Syndrome. Second Impact Syndrome can cause severe brain injury and can be fatal. It is important for any individual that may have sustained a concussion to be fully evaluated and cleared by the appropriate medical professional.

Common Concussion Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Fuzzy or blurry vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Balance Problems
  • Feeling tired or having no energy
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Not being able to remember new information
  • Mood alterations such as angry, sad, emotional, anxious 
  • Sleeping more or less than usual

How Physical Therapy can Help.

  • Evaluation: Perform a thorough examination of your condition.
  • Therapy: Work with your physician to plan a treatment program suited to your individual condition, which will involve exercises for your balance, vision, inner ear and more in order to restore brain function.
  • Teaching: Reviewing information with you regarding your diagnosis and progress as well as answering your questions.
  • Return to Sport: Guide you through a step-wise protocol and monitor your symptoms throughout the process. They will work with your physician and school athletic trainer to help you make a safe return to play.

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