Concussions and Physical Therapy
April 27, 2021 –
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury which can cause lasting deficits of the brain. Every concussion is considered a serious brain injury. If you or someone you know has had a concussion, please seek medical help immediately. A concussion takes place when the brain is shaken violently. This can happen during a whiplash incident or with a direct blow to the head. With this can come temporary or permanent problems.
Recovery from concussions can take a few weeks, a few months or even years depending on severity of the injury. The key to a quick recovery is to seek treatment immediately as this can help minimize permanent brain damage or even death. In some cases concussion symptoms may appear to subside, but can show up again later on if not treated appropriately. Following a concussion, a person can experience a variety of physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms.
Multiple studies have shown that receiving physical therapy for concussion management is beneficial, even if you don’t start right away (sources: https://academic.oup.com/acn/article/34/5/760/5539141?login=true, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6005749/). Physical therapists can provide treatment for a more efficient recovery plan rather than trying to figure it out on your own. Treatments may include rest and recovery plans, restoring strength and endurance, stopping dizziness, improving balance, reducing headaches, and returning to usual activities or sport.
Whether you have experienced a concussion yourself or may know someone who has, consider talking to your local physical therapists at Witte Physical Therapy for more information about if concussion therapy may be right for you.
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