What Is A Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the brain is shaken inside the skull, causing changes to the brain’s chemistry and energy supply. A concussion might happen as a result of a direct blow to the head or an indirect force, such as whiplash. It may or may not cause loss of consciousness.
What Are Concussion Signs and Symptoms?
Individuals who sustain a concussion injury may experience a wide variety of symptoms affecting physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being, as well as sleep. Signs and symptoms may include:
Headache, Fatigue, Nausea or Vomiting, Numbness or Tingling, Dizziness, Sensitivity to Light or Noise, Visual Problems, Confusion, Forgetfulness, Poor Concentration, Changes in School or Work Performance, Drowsiness, Irritability, Mood Swings, Excessive or Inadequate Sleep, Dazed or Stunned Appearance.
How Are Concussions Diagnosed?
It is important to seek coordinated medical care immediately when a concussion is suspected. Diagnosis of a concussion may be challenging due to the wide variety of associated symptoms. Imaging tests such as an MRI or CT scan are often normal. A diagnosis is best made by a specialist familiar with concussion management. Your health care team may include a Physician, a Neuropsychologist, and a specially trained Physical Therapist.
How Can a Physical Therapist Help?
Because no two concussions are the same, a Physical Therapist trained in concussion management will perform an individualized evaluation and formulate a safe and individualized treatment program, which may address the following:
Dizziness and Balance
Vestibular physical therapy may be necessary to correct problems in the inner ear and related areas of the brain. Our qualified vestibular physical therapists will provide specific activities and exercises to heal and retrain injured areas.
Headaches and Neck Pain
Injury to the musculoskeletal system due to concussion impact or whiplash often leads to neck pain and headaches. Our Physical Therapists will carefully assess and treat affected areas of your spine.
Return to Sports and Activity
As symptoms due to your concussion improve, it is important to resume physical activity gradually. Our Physical Therapists understand how to help you resume activity without overloading your healing nervous and musculoskeletal system. Specialized testing and equipment help them communicate your status to your medical team and coaches.
Physical Therapists at Freedom Physical Therapy Services, S.C. are trained in the assessment and management of concussions. Let us help you get back in the game!