A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when there is an impact to the head or body that causes forceful linear and rotational movement of the brain inside the skull. These sudden and forceful movements may cause stretching or injury to the sensitive tissues of the brain. A concussion can occur from being struck on the head or body. For example, sports injuries and car accidents are common causes of concussions.

A concussion may cause many symptoms such as headache, confusion, dizziness, fogginess, blurred vision, memory loss, nausea and vomiting, mood swings, and loss of consciousness. Recovering from a concussion requires medical attention and follow-up. Because the brain tissue is healing, additional injury to the head while still concussed, especially in a younger individual, can lead to significant long-term impairments. Failure to recognize and manage a concussion properly may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death.

The first step in treating concussions is to have the athlete evaluated by a licensed healthcare provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions. An athlete should not return to sport until they receive written clearance to return to play from that health care provider.

How physical therapy helps
In most cases, concussion symptoms will resolve within 3 weeks. Physical therapy can help by administering baseline testing and comparing that testing post-concussion. The impact resulting in the concussion may also cause damage to the neck, vision system or inner ear. A physical therapist can help identify whether these areas were affected and treat or refer out as appropriate.

The goal of physical therapy is help you recover full and return to sport safely. We work closely with you to make sure that we help you fully recover and get back in the game.  To learn how we can help you recover from your concussion call us today!