Concussions and Physical Therapy

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What exactly is a concussion? We’ve all heard of it before. It’s nothing to play with. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Basically, when the brain moves abruptly inside the skull; a concussion has technically occurred.  It should be taken very seriously. Unfortunately, it’s not that hard to get a concussion if you aren’t being careful and wearing appropriate head gear while doing activities. Small tasks like falling off your bike while riding it can result in a concussion. It is important to seek medical attention and see your physician immediately to achieve the fastest and safest recovery in the smallest amount of time.

Signs of a concussion include drowsiness, dizziness, headache, nausea and memory problems. Some ways people can get a concussion are from car accidents, falls, and sports related injuries. Football is the most common sport for concussion risks for males. A professional football player will receive an estimated 900-1500 blows to the head during one season. Soccer is the most common sport for concussion risks for females. Researchers have found that if you have suffered from a concussion before, you are one to two times more likely to suffer from a second one.

No two concussions are the same. Your physician may recommend a visit to a physical therapist. A physical therapist can exam all of your individual symptoms and limitations. Physical therapists are able to create a treatment program tailored for all of your symptoms and needs. The most common symptom of a concussion is dizziness. Vestibular therapy may be the way for you to go. The vestibular system is responsible for your balance, head movements, and keeping your eyes focused. A physical therapist can give you certain exercises to reduce dizziness and improve your balance and stability. Another common symptom of a concussion is headaches. A physical therapist will assess your neck and back for other possible injuries. Neck and back injuries are known for contributing to headaches and dizziness.  

Anytime you are at risk with a serious injury, you should always seek immediate medical attention with your doctor, and once you are diagnosed with a concussion, your physician may recommend seeing a  physical therapist who will help you recover quickly and safely.


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