Assessment and treatment of concussions has come a long way in just a few short years. This is in large part due to the management of vestibular dysfunction by Physical Therapists.
At FYZICAL, our Oklahoma City Physical Therapists are trained to assess and treat many of the common symptoms that arise following a concussion. Our physical therapists are specially trained in vestibular rehabilitation and balance rehabilitation, which allows them to rebalance the connection between the brain, the visual system, and the vestibular system (inner ear) following a concussion.
Balance and vestibular rehabilitation focus on reducing dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance following a concussion.
When treating concussions, the physical therapists at FYZICAL Oklahoma City deploy COBALTTM, to evaluate your visual and vestibular disturbances. Without properly evaluating these sensory deficits, we would be guessing. But with this assessment, we create a plan of care dedicated to reducing your dizziness and returning you to full function.
When we talk about exercise, most people think of big movements like running, or lifting weights. But when it comes to exercises following your concussion, movements often have to start much smaller and much more precisely focused. Exercises such as fixing your gaze at a certain point in the distance, or using simple movements to stabilize your core and limbs, are important during recovery. And having a physical therapist who knows which exercises to use and when, is invaluable in your return to play.
Symptoms of concussion can be quite varied, depending on the nature of your injury, as well as your age and gender. Some problems for which people seek physical therapy as treatment for concussions include:
How can FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers Help?
The concussion landscape is changing. Historically, rest was considered the most important part of successful recovery, but the most recent research into recovery, suggests a more active approach in the treatment of concussions.
The Oklahoma City Physical Therapists at FYZICAL know how to evaluate the physical and sensory aspects of your concussion. They know how to safely progress you through the natural fatigue and necessary rest, within an active treatment plan for your concussion.
Concussion recovery often entails weakened muscles and lowered endurance because active recovery distates sub-symptom activity. That means to recover well, you need to be active, but not to a level that produces your symptoms or makes them worse.
To combat the blurred vision, the dizziness, the headaches, AND the physical challenges that come as a result of your concussion, your physical therapist at FYZICAL Oklahoma City will work with you to customize a program developed specifically for your needs. Including strength-building and endurance training when you are ready.
FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers of Oklahoma City provides vestibular rehabilitation for patients from NW Oklahoma City including Lakeside, The Village, Nichols Hills, and Bethany. Our vestibular physical therapists are specially trained to treat all types of vestibular dysfunction, including concussion management. Our practitioners take a patient-centered individualized approach that focuses on your pelvic health needs. If you are unsure about your concussion or dizziness, or you want to see the FYZICAL Difference for yourself, schedule a free consultation today.