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How do you know if you have a concussion?

Concussions have received a lot of attention lately. First off, during the current football season, we have heard about our favorite teams and which players are not playing due to concussions. In addition, a movie was released that even discussed this condition further. While we tend to hear about concussions mainly in the sports population, concussions can occur to anyone. In the clinic, we work with many individuals that have recently experienced concussions due to situations such as bike accidents, car accidents, ski injuries, falls and various scenarios of hitting their heads at home or at work. When we think of concussions, we may picture the football player with the hard hit to the head that causes immediate symptoms, however, concussions can present differently and with symptoms delayed following the accident. When symptoms do occur, they may be:

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • sense of fogginess
  • difficulty concentrating
  • dizziness
  • reduced balance
  • difficulty sleeping
  • fatigue
  • sensitivity to light and sound
  • visual problems

When a head injury first occurs, it is important to receive immediate medical attention and if a concussion is diagnosed, the next step is to address the present signs and symptoms that are listed above. Physical therapy provides a resource to address many of the concerns that an individual may have following a concussion. To begin, a PT will perform an evaluation to identify those areas that an individual is demonstrating difficulties with and develop a plan of care to address these issues and provide interventions to promote improvements. Physical therapy interventions may include manual therapy to address soft tissue issues, balance exercises to address dizziness or balance deficits as well as interventions to improve visual processing and increase activity tolerance.  A Physical Therapist will, along with your physician, provide guidelines for your return to work or exercise routines. With time and an appropriate treatment plan, you will be able to return to your typical activities without the above symptoms.

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12 Jan, 2016

Physical Therapy

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