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Can Physical Therapy Help Concussion Symptoms?

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 and needs.

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. Ensure that your physical therapist is experienced and knowledgeable in treating post-concusion issues. Some therapists have practice with a vestibular or neurological 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.

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