Concussion Rehabilitation

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A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is caused by a blow to the head or by a movement that shakes the head with force, causing the brain to jar against the skull. When the brain is concussed, the vestibular system is affected. Symptoms can begin immediately or arise over subsequent days or weeks. 

Do you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Decreased concentration
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and/or sound
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue/tiredness

Therapy may help you to:

  • Decrease pain
  • Improve concentration
  • Decrease dizziness
  • Improve visual focus
  • Return to work and/or sport

Your therapist will design a therapy program especially for you. Therapy may include:

  • Manual techniques to reduce pain
  • Positional maneuvers (Hallpike, Epley, etc.)
  • Gaze stabilization eye exercises
  • Habituation exercises
  • Exercise to restore strength, balance and endurance
  • Agility exercises for return to sport

Therapy sessions are generally 2-3 times per week for 4-6 weeks. Personalized home exercises and activities are usually given as homework. Obtain a prescription for therapy from your physician and schedule time for an evaluation so your therapist can listen to your concerns and evaluate your performance.

References:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vestibular Disorders Association

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