Concussion Rehabilitation Program

Why Choose Excellent Physical Therapy?

At Excellent Physical Therapy we understand every concussion is unique. We use an evidence based approach to help manage your symptoms. Our integrated team of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainer will use a team approach to properly evaluate, manage, and treat your symptoms which may involve multiple areas of the body.

At Excellent Physical Therapy we will communicate closely with your physician and other members of your health care team to ensure that your care is properly monitored. Every patient is carefully evaluated, screened, treated and reviewed until they are fully recovered. An individualized rehabilitation program is designed and implemented by our trained staff to meet the specific needs identified in the evaluation and diagnosis. Each program has safe, structured progressions.

 

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain.

Signs of a concussion may include....

  • Headache or “pressure” in head.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision.
  • Bothered by light or noise.
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy.
  • Confusion, or concentration or memory problems.
  • Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”.
  • Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall.
  • Appears dazed or stunned.
  • Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent.
  • Moves clumsily.
  • Answers questions slowly.
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes.

 

What should you do if you suspect a concussion...

If you suspect that an athlete has a concussion, remove the athlete from play and seek medical attention. Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself. Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says s/he is symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play.

Rest is key to helping an athlete recover from a concussion. Activities that involve a lot of concentration, such as studying, working on the computer, and playing video games, may cause concussion symptoms to reappear or get worse. After a concussion, returning to sports and school is a gradual process that should be carefully managed and monitored by a health care professional.

Concussions affect people differently. While most athletes with a concussion recover quickly and fully, some will have symptoms that last for days, or even weeks. A more serious concussion can last for months or longer.

*Concussion facts provided by the CDC heads up program

 

How we can help

At Excellent Physical Therapy we understand there is often more to a concussion than just a head injury. Our therapists are trained to evaluate and treat all parts of your concussion. Many times there is soft tissue issues in addition to some of the other symptoms. At Excellent Physical therapy we use manual skills to help you recover from some of these issues.

 

What we do...

  • Complete evaluation and physical examination
  • Cervical Spine Screening and Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Screening and Rehabilitation
  • Occulomotor Screening and Rehabilitation
  • Graduated aerobic training, balance training, agility drills and sports specific skills
  • Slow to Recover and Gradual Return to Play protocols meet all requirements established by youth and high school athletic associations
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