Comprehensive, Quality Concussion Care

Many people will suffer a concussion at some point in their lives. Fortunately, eighty to ninety percent of symptoms usually go away within one to two weeks. But a small percentage of people who have a concussion will need therapy to help manage long-term concussion symptoms that do not go away.

Our rehab specialists take a comprehensive approach to treating concussions, working with specialists in other areas to combine therapies.

When Do You Need Treatment For a Concussion?

Although most patients will recover from a concussion within one to two weeks, some patients will have symptoms that last longer. Post-concussion syndrome is when you have three or more of the symptoms below four weeks after your injury:

  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • fatigue (tiredness),
  • insomnia,
  • irritability,
  • difficulty concentrating,
  • memory loss,
  • and intellectual or cognitive difficulties.

Many patients benefit from physical therapy to reduce these symptoms.

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Physical Therapy After a Concussion

Physical therapy can help reduce many of the most difficult symptoms after a concussion. Physical therapy can improve:

  • balance & exercise,
  • vision,
  • headaches/migraines,
  • and cognitive function so you can return to work or school.

Ocular (Vision) Rehabilitation

During a concussion, the brain or the brain's surrounding systems can become injured. One of the systems that can become injured is the visual center of the brain. The visual center allows us to see light. It is also very sensitive to trauma. It is located on the back, lower portion of the brain.

After a concussion, patients can experience blurriness and sensitivity to light. A concussion can also affect your eyes' motor function, which is the ability for your eyes to move together at the same time.

Our therapists offer ocular rehabilitation after a concussion to reduce some of the worst vision problems.

Vestibular (Inner Ear) Rehabilitation

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The vestibular system helps your body have a sense of balance. It includes fluid inside your inner ears, and this fluid responds to movement changes so you feel steady when you walk, run, or stand. After a concussion, it can be hard for the inner ear to process and respond to movement. Concussions can cause dizziness and nausea.

Our therapists work with patients to improve their sense of balance after a concussion.

Post-Traumatic Migraines

After a concussion, some people develop migraines even though they never had migraines before.

Concussions can overstimulate your brain and cause pain and sensitivity during everyday, normal activities. Many patients will have a migraine after driving, looking at computer screens or sunlight, or even after looking down long aisles. We help patients avoid migraines using therapy techniques.

Cervical Neck Pain

The cervical vertebrae are the first seven vertebrae in your spine toward the top of the neck. Concussions can cause pain and tension in this area of your spine. Our physical therapists use exercise techniques to help control this pain.

Anxiety, mood changes, and fatigue are also common after a concussion. Our therapists work with patients to help control and reduce these unpleasant side effects.