What is a Concussion?
- A brain injury that occurs when the brain is shaken inside the skull, causing changes in the brain’s chemistry and energy supply
- Caused by a direct blow to the head or an indirect force, such as whiplash
- Can affect behavior, thinking and physical functioning
Post-Concussion Syndrome is when an individual is experiencing 3 or more symptoms that last greater than 14 days and a prolonged recovery is expected.
More than 90% of concussions DO NOT involve a loss of consciousness.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that in sports alone, more than 3.8 million concussions occur each year.
80% of people recover from concussion in 3 weeks.
Appropriate medical treatment is necessary to assist with a full, speedy recovery.
- Brain Rest is critical for the first few days following injury.
- Avoid or reduce reading, computer work, texting, driving & watching TV.
- Light Exercise initiated at the appropriate time aides recovery.
- Communication between your physician, PT, teachers/employers and coaches is critical for success. This team will coordinate your return to school/play/work and accommodations needed.
How PT Can Help
Pain & Movement Solutions utilizes the Cleared Concussion Recovery Program (C circle sign) to assist in your recovery. This same program is utilized by professional NFL teams & the Resilience Code Concussion Clinic.
- Evaluation & Assessment: identify your unique treatment protocol
- Vestibular Therapy: various eye examinations to strengthen vision, resolve dizziness and improve balance
- Exertion Therapy: assist with brain function and recovery
- Manual Therapy: reduce headaches and neck pain associated with concussion
- Home Program Development: to address other possible ongoing symptoms, such as mood irritability, brain fog, and fatigue