East Coast Audiology & Physical Therapy

What Is A Concussion?

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. 

When Can I Return To Sports/Physical Activities

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.

Concussion Symptoms

Fatigue

Ongoing Headaches

Irritability / Change in Mood

Loss of Balance and Frequent Falls

Dizziness and Lowered Blood Pressure

Muscle Weakness and Spasms

Difficulty Concentrating

Visual Sensitivity, (reading, scrolling on on phone, using computers, lighting

High Sensitivity (loud noises)

What Is The Course of Treatment

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.

When Can I Return To Sports/Physical Activities

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.