HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP YOUR CONCUSSION?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to concussion evaluation and management, so the role of physical therapy (PT) may vary depending on the individual case. However, PT can be an important part of the team assessing and treating concussions, particularly in terms of identifying and addressing any vestibular or balance problems. At Provident Physical Therapy in Medford, NY, our physical therapy team has worked with several patients who have struggled with concussions. We’re happy to provide more feedback on the topic in this article.
HOW CAN YOU EVALUATE A CONCUSSION?
There are several different concussion assessment tools that PTs may use, depending on the individual patient’s symptoms and needs. The Post-Concussion Symptom Scale (PCSS) is one example of a tool that can be used to help track a patient’s progress over time.
In terms of treatment, PTs may focus on vestibular and balance exercises, as well as neck strengthening and flexibility. They may also provide education on return-to-learn and return-to-play protocols.
WHAT TYPICALLY CAUSES A CONCUSSION?
Some different things can cause a concussion, but the most common is a blow to the head. This can happen in many different ways, such as during a car accident, a fall, or even during contact sports.
SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION
The symptoms of a concussion can vary depending on the individual, but they can include things like headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and light sensitivity. In some cases, people may also experience neck pain or sleep disturbances.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM CONCUSSIONS
There is no surefire way to prevent a concussion, but there are things that you can do to reduce your risk. For example, if you play contact sports, make sure to wear the appropriate protective gear. You should also be aware of your surroundings and try to avoid situations where you could potentially fall or be hit in the head.
CONTACT PROVIDENT PHYSICAL THERAPY
If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion, PT can be an important part of the recovery process. Provident Physical Therapy in Medford, NY specializes in concussion care and sports-related injuries. For more information on scheduling an appointment, please click here.