Concussion Screening & Rehabilitation
RETURN TO SPORT
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is an injury to the brain that may result in temporary loss of normal brain function. Concussions often produce immediate symptoms. Such as dizziness, worsening headache, vomiting, difficulty walking, and occasionally loss of consciousness. Since damage has occurred to brain tissue, concussions are considered a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
What is the cause?
A concussion is caused by any mechanical or traumatic force sustained to the head. Concussions can be labeled as Grade 1 – mild, Grade 2 – moderate, or Grade 3 – severe. Grades are based on type and length of symptoms, loss of consciousness, and level of amnesia. A concussion may be present even if you do not feel symptoms immediately after impact.
How Concussion Screening can help:
Many patients are referred to physical therapy following diagnosis of a concussion to help manage symptoms; such as headache, balance problems, dizziness, visual problems, and sensitivity to light/noise. A trained physical therapist will conduct an in-depth clinical assessment and create a specialized program to assist you with a safe return to sport/school/life based on your specific injury and symptoms.
How Concussion Rehabilitation can help:
· Manual therapy to address headaches and neck pain
· Vestibular rehabilitation to address balance and walking problems
· Stimulus tolerance training to address sensitivity to light/noise
· Convergence training to address double vision
· Endurance/exertional training to prepare for return to sport