A concussion is a trauma that occurs to the brain after sustaining a blow to the head. There are certain patient cases that will require treatment. Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy provides concussion rehabilitation in NYC.
Concussion Symptoms can Vary
You do not need to lose consciousness for your injury to be considered a concussion. In fact, with most concussions the individual never loses consciousness.
Symptoms one may experience following concussion can be dizziness, headache, imbalance, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, double vision, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, light, and sound sensitivity. In addition to these physical symptoms one can also experience emotional symptoms including irritability, restlessness, anxiety, mood swings, depression, aggressive behavior, and decreased tolerance for stress. There may also be some cognitive symptoms related to concussion including difficulty with short and long term memory, confusion, fogginess, and difficulty concentrating. You can learn more about concussions by clicking here.
If You Suspect You’ve Experienced a Concussion, Get It Checked Out
Since concussion is not something that can be seen with traditional diagnostic imaging it will often go undiagnosed. If symptoms persist beyond a few days and the brain has prolonged difficulty carrying out normal activity we refer to it as Post-Concussion Syndrome. Individuals with Post-Concussion Syndrome may experience prolonged dizziness, irritability, light and sound sensitivity, motion sensitivity, fatigue, visual disturbances and cognitive deficits that last beyond the normal time it occurs for a concussion to heal.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy Might Be the Answer for Your Concussion
Physical Therapy or Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) may be indicated to treat the symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome. A physical therapist with specific training in treatment of Post-Concussion Syndrome or Vestibular Therapy will perform a full assessment to determine the extent of the persistent symptoms. These symptoms are commonly related to dizziness, balance or visual deficits and can vary from patient to patient.
Once a therapist has identified the deficit they will devise a treatment plan to address these symptoms. It is important for the therapist to add the appropriate level of exercises gradually because too much stimulation may cause the symptoms to TEMPORARILY worsen.
With a proper assessment, a closely monitored exercise program and a treatment plan most patients will fully recover with minimal residual deficits. It is very important to follow the instructions of a Physical Therapist trained in Vestibular rehabilitation to recover as quickly as possible.