A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head, or a body hit that results in quick forced movement of the head causing the brain to move back and forth inside the skull. This twisting and movement cause a chemical reaction.
A medical provider can release a patient back to sports/work/school. A Physical Therapist will work closely towards increasing ability to regain activities without an increase in symptoms. Steps must be taken even after the release from a medical provider to slowly return to patients previous level of function.
Irritability / Change in Mood
Loss of Balance and Frequent Falls
Dizziness and Lowered Blood Pressure
Muscle Weakness and Spasms
Visual Sensitivity, (reading, scrolling on on phone, using computers, lighting
High Sensitivity (loud noises)
Anyone who may have sustained a concussion should be examined by a medical provider for proper assessment. Often, rest and avoiding stimulation is important in the beginning. Physical Therapy is often helpful in treating concussion symptoms to progress towards tolerance of lost symptoms.
A Physical Therapist can evaluate and treat concussion symptoms and examine proper activity levels. This includes what activities to avoid after the concussion diagnosis. The Physical Therapist will then work with their patient to progress towards regaining strength and ability to return to those activities safely. If dizziness is persistent, a Physical Therapist trainined in vestibular rehabilitation can help decrease dizziness and balance issues.