Treatment of a concussion, more accurately referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a specialized area of care in which the physical therapist is a key member of the team. Treatment requires a carefully customized approach as each person’s clinical presentation and symptoms can widely vary.
What is Concussion or mTBI Treatment About?
A mTBI occurs from any event where the brain is jarred or shakes within the skull either from a direct blow to the head or indirectly to the body. Since the injury is to the brain, symptoms can include dizziness or vertigo, low energy, nausea, inability to concentrate or sleep well and poor memory among other symptoms. Complete rest used to be considered the best course of treatment, however the latest research indicates early activity and progressive exercise centered around symptom management is the best course of care.
Who Can Benefit?
Any person having suffered a concussion from a sports related injury, motor vehicle accident, fall or work injury.
How Does it Work?
Our customized concussion treatment program focuses first on education for patients to maximize the recovery process. Patients will also participate in a safe, progressive aerobic program, balance and vestibular training and progressive return to your chosen activity of work or sport. We maintain communication with your primary care provider and will refer to any specialist you might need. Our relationships with area medical specialists allow you to be referred in a timely manner.
Did you know….?
- Imaging such as an MRI or CT scan will not detect a concussion even if you’ve had one
- Losing consciousness only happens in about 10% of those who have a concussion
- Second concussions suffered before one has recovered from the first are much more serious
- High school athletes’ recovery time for a sports concussion are longer than those of college athletes.
- Symptoms usually resolve within 7-10 days although symptoms can last days, weeks or longer