Concussion Management

Concussion Management

Concussion Management

Concussion management involves the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of concussions. Physical therapy plays a vital role in concussion management, allowing you to recover from the physical, cognitive, and emotional issues caused by concussions.

The physical therapists at FYZICAL Shady Grove (Omega Drive) will assess your symptoms and develop an individualized treatment plan based on your needs, allowing you to safely return to sports, school, work, and play.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that happens following a significant impact to your head that causes acceleration or deceleration of your brain within your skull. This impact causes a biomechanical imbalance within your brain cells that results in decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within your brain, leading to symptoms of concussion.

Symptoms of concussion vary depending on the nature of your injury and may include loss of consciousness, headache, neck pain, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, balance issues, irritability, fatigue, muscle weakness and spasms, and weight changes. Symptoms of concussion typically resolve in 7 to 10 days; however, actual brain recovery can take much longer.

Benefits of Physical Therapy for Concussion Management

Physical therapy provides individualized care that addresses your physical, mental, emotional, and social needs, allowing you to safely return to sports, school, work, and play.

If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion, call FYZICAL Shady Grove (Omega Drive) to learn more about our concussion management program.

The Role of Physical Therapy in Concussion Management

Your physical therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan, using a variety of techniques and exercises to address specific issues caused by your concussion, such as balance problems, vision disturbances, headache, neck pain, fatigue, and mood changes. Some common treatment options include manual therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, vision therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, and cardiovascular exercise, as well as education and counseling for managing symptoms, returning to normal activities, and preventing further injury.