A concussion may occur when the head hits an object, or a moving object strikes the head. A concussion is a type of brain injury. It may also be called a traumatic brain injury.
A concussion can affect how the brain works. The amount of brain injury and how long it will last depends on how severe the concussion is. A concussion may lead to headaches, changes in alertness, loss of consciousness, memory loss, and changes in thinking.
Physical Therapy is an effective treatment option for recovering balance, stability, focus, and your ability to walk after a concussion.
Concussions are caused by falls, sports-related injuries, car accidents, assault or any situation where the head experiences a sudden trauma.
A big movement of the brain (called jarring) in any direction can cause a person to lose alertness (become unconscious). How long the person stays unconscious may be a sign of how bad the concussion is.
Concussions do not always lead to loss of consciousness -- most people never pass out. They may describe seeing all white, all black, or stars. A person can also have a concussion and not realize it.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of a concussion can include:
- Difficulty remembering/loss of memory
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred/double vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Ringing in the ears
- Balance problems
Broadlawns Physical Therapists have advanced training in concussion management and rehabilitation, and training in Functional Manual Therapy® through the Institute of Physical Art®.
Our Physical Therapists are focused on a whole body approach to patient care. Therapists develop an individualized treatment plan for each post-concussion patient that addresses vestibular, visual, mechanical, and movement dysfunction