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Concussions and Brain Injuries

Concussions and brain injuries are serious! Concussions are considered mild brain injuries because they are usually not life-threatening. However, they can be very serious and proper recovery is important. Concussions are not always direct hits to the head. They can also can result from the brain undergoing accelerations in where the white matter is injured deep in the brain—that can be a blow or jolt to your body that causes the head to move back and forth rapidly, then resulting in a concussion.

Focus has been placed on concussions in athletes, but falls are actually the leading cause of concussions. They can happen as a result of other things too, such as a motor vehicle accident.

Signs of a concussion are not always obvious—over 90% of concussions will show nothing on imaging. The most common symptoms of concussions include headaches, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, concentration/memory deficits, anxiety, impaired vision, neck pain, and balance impairments. Concussions are functional injuries—meaning they are injuries you can’t see, and being symptom-free is not the answer to return to activity/play. If you have had symptoms long after sustaining a concussion, recovery is possible, even if it has been years since the injury occurred.

A physical therapist can help you with a recovery program to get you back on your feet in a safe and healthy way. Concussions may not be fully preventable, but Fyzical can do things to help. We can help prevent worse damage to the brain by putting you on a recovery program that will slowly get you back to your normal functioning. Depending on the deficits found, different treatments can be indicated to recover properly: vestibular/balance, cognitive, visual, cervical management, and diet/nutrition management.  

If you have balance issues, come and work on your balance. That can reduce your risk of falling and possibly sustaining a concussion as a result of your fall.

Concussions, even mild ones, should always be evaluated by a medical professional. If you don’t have a PCP or can’t get into your doctor, we can evaluate you and set up a treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery without needing to see a physician first.

Give us a call for your evaluation. 806-785-7900