What is a Concussion?
A concussion is an injury to the brain that can happen after a hit to the head or as a result of any force that causes shaking of the head. Concussions can occur to any athlete, at any skill level, and the symptoms may not appear right away. If you think a concussion may have happened, it is better to be cautious and always be evaluated by a medical professional.
Common symptoms of a concussion may include:
A concussion rehabilitation program will include:
- Physical therapy assessment and treatment as appropriate if concussion occurs; treatment of neck pain, headaches, dizziness, and balance.
- Supervised progressive exercise program to help in concussion recovery and maintain fitness.
- Addition of return to sport exercises when appropriate.
- Communication with family, other practitioners, and coaches on status and progress.
- Help with coordination of care if needed for other symptoms. (Services covered by insurance in most cases)
A concussion is not something you can ignore. Regardless of the perceived severity following a brain injury, it is incredibly important that you check in with a physician to ensure that there is no potential for lasting brain damage. If you or a loved one have experienced a concussion, talk to your physical therapist to learn more about concussion treatment, therapy options, and locating a concussion rehabilitation specialist.