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Physical Therapy

Concussion Management

What is a concussion? 

  • Brain injury that occurs when the head is violently shaken or hit such as whiplash during a car accident or a collision during a sporting event
  • Always consult a healthcare professional if you believe you have suffered a concussion 
  • Neck pain is often associated with a concussion 
  • Symptoms: 
    • Headache 
    • Dizziness 
    • Fatigue 
    • Nausea vomiting 
    • Sensitivity to light and sound 
    • Confusion 
    • Irritability 

How can physical therapy help?

  • Your physical therapist will examine you to determine the extent of your concussion as well as search for related concerns (neck pain/shoulder pain). Together you will develop an individualized treatment plan to address impairments found in examination. Typical treatment includes: 
    • Education regarding proper rest and recovery 
    • Restore overall strength and endurance 
    • Address soft tissue restrictions in neck and shoulders 
    • Improve balance 
    • Return to work or sport 

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