Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury in which trauma to the head results in a temporary disruption of normal brain function. This can occur with a direct or indirect force.
- You don’t have to lose consciousness to suffer a concussion
- You don’t even have to hit your head to sustain a concussion. It can occur from a whiplash type acceleration/deceleration injury
- An athlete should not return to sports while still experiencing symptoms of a concussion, as they are at risk for prolonging symptoms and further injury
- You should NOT sit in a dark room until your symptoms are better. A physical therapist can help walk you through “relative rest.”
- Difficulty concentrating
- Easily confused
- Difficulty with memory
- Mood changes (irritability, anxious, sad)
- Slowed thought processes
- Nausea lack of energy, fatigue
- Dizziness, poor balance, lightheadedness
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Poor sleep
Your physical therapist can help determine an individual program for your specific concussion. We can guide you through activity modifications to help get you back to school or work with minimal symptoms. Additionally, we can directly treat dizziness, headache, neck pain and balance impairments. See video on website for further information
How long do symptoms last?
80% of people who sustain a concussion will feel better within 3 weeks. Physical therapy can help speed that process up and make sure you don’t have any underlying impairments that could set you up for an additional concussion. For those who’s symptoms last longer than 3 weeks, symptoms can last months but physical therapy can address the specific impairments to improve/eliminate symptoms.