A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury that can cause lasting
effects on brain tissue and alter the chemical balance of the brain. Symptoms
that result from concussions can be physical, cognitive, and behavioral.
All concussions are considered serious injuries by health care providers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1.6 million
to 3.8 million people experience concussions during sports and recreational
activities each year in the United States alone.
These injuries are caused when the brain is violently shaken and crashes
into the walls of the skull, and they can happen in any number of accidents,
from sports injuries to workplace incidents to falls. Recovery from concussions
can take several weeks to several months. Some symptoms can even last
years, depending on many factors.
Few people realize they can attend physical therapy to lessen the impact
of the concussion on the rest of their body. Physical therapists can evaluate
and treat many problems related to these injuries. A therapist will examine
a patient’s neurological, orthopedic, and cardiovascular to best
prescribe a routine to address the patient’s particular symptoms
Treatments can include rest and recovery, restoring strength and endurance,
stopping dizziness and improving balance, reducing headaches, and returning
to a normal activity or sport. Physical therapists are trained through
education and experience to treat a variety of conditions or injuries.
Make sure to hire a physical therapist who is experienced in treating
people with post-concussion problems. Some therapists have practice with
a neurological or vestibular habilitation focus.
Likewise, physical therapists who are board-certified clinical specialists
or who have completed a residency will have advanced knowledge, experience,
and skills that may apply to your condition. The American Physical Therapy
Association can help people
find physical therapists with specific clinical expertise in your geographic area.
If you need treatment after sustaining a concussion, talk to one of our
skilled Houston injury rehab center physicians. QualCare Rehabilitation
uses a varied approach when evaluating our patients, drawing from multidisciplinary
areas. However you sustained your concussion, we can provide treatment
specifically targeted to meet your medical needs. We have extensive experience
treating people who have suffered
concussions and can help you address the specific aspects of your injury. Let us see
what we can do for you.
at (713) 588-0042 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment today.