How Physical Therapist Treat Concussions
Physical therapists evaluate and treat patients suffering from concussion related impairment. The process begins with an examination of the neurological, orthopedic, and cardiovascular systems, and based on the findings, an individualized treatment plan is created.
Did you know that many high school athletic programs require "Baseline Concussion Testing" prior to participating in sports programs? OSS can help.
Treatment may include:
- Rest and recovery - Your physical therapist will often advise rest and restrict physical and cognitive activity soon after a concussion is sustained. A period of rest helps the brain heal and helps symptoms resolve more quickly.
- Restoring strength and endurance - A graduated, monitored return to physical activity is often necessary. Physical activity, if resumed to soon after injury or too vigorously, can exacerbate symptoms that may be otherwise resolving and delay recovery. Your physical therapist will work with you to gradually increase activity safely and in a manner required to permit a return to school, work or sports.
- Stopping dizziness and improving balance - Dizziness or difficulty with balance may result from a concussion. This may require “vestibular therapy.” The vestibular system, which includes the inner ear and its connections with the brain, helps you keep your balance and prevent dizziness. Vestibular therapy is provide at most Olympic Sports & Spine locations.
- Reducing headaches - Headaches are often experienced after a concussion. They often resolve quickly, but may linger. Your physical therapist will assess the different possible causes of your headaches, and use specific treatments and exercises to reduce and eliminate them. Treatment may include stretching, strengthening, joint and soft-tissue mobilizations, and eye exercises.