What is Post Concussion Return?
Sustaining a concussion can have a significant impact on your physical and cognitive well-being. As you move beyond the initial recovery stage, physical therapy plays a crucial role in supporting your journey back to your pre-injury level of functioning.
After a concussion, you may experience a wide range of symptoms known as post-concussion syndrome (PCS). These symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, changes in your mood, and balance disturbances. As the healing process unfolds your post-concussion symptoms will lessen. However, they will often times return as you begin to resume your normal activities and can worsen when first attempting more physically demanding activities like gym class, exercising, or sports.
Since it is so common for your symptoms to worsen as you gradually resume activities our skilled physical therapists will assess you daily, both before and after each one of your sessions, to better address all of your symptoms (cognitive, behavioral, and physical), monitor any changes, and continually design personalized progressive rehabilitation programs to meet your unique needs.
The Steps of Physical Therapy for Post Concussion Return
- Evaluation: Our physical therapists begin by conducting a thorough evaluation to assess your symptoms, physical function, and limitations. By identifying specific impairments, we can tailor your treatment plan to address your unique needs effectively.
- Symptom Management: Our therapists employ a range of techniques, including manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, and targeted exercises, to alleviate pain and discomfort. We also provide education on energy conservation strategies and offer guidance on modifying daily activities to effectively manage your symptoms.
- Vestibular Rehabilitation: Vestibular dysfunction is a common symptom of concussions and can significantly impact your balance and coordination. Our physical therapists employ specialized techniques to address inner ear and balance-related issues. Through gaze stabilization exercises, habituation exercises, and balance training, we aim to improve your balance and reduce dizziness.
- Gradual Return to Activity: A key goal of our physical therapy approach is to guide you through a safe and gradual return to your pre-injury level of activity. We closely monitor your progress and gradually increase the intensity and complexity of exercises and activities as tolerated. This approach allows your body and brain sufficient time to adapt and recover, minimizing the risk of re-injury.
- Education and Prevention: Education plays a vital role in our physical therapy program. By raising awareness and promoting preventive measures, we aim to reduce the risk of future concussions and their potential long-term consequences.
At BeneFIT Physical Therapy, we are committed to assisting you in your recovery following a concussion. We aim to not only help you regain physical function but also promote long-term brain health and reduce the risk of future concussions. If you have experienced a concussion, contact us to schedule an evaluation, ensure proper care for a successful return to your everyday activities. Your journey to recovery starts here.