CONCUSSIONS CAN OCCUR FROM A BUMP, BLOW, OR JOLT TO THE HEAD.
Concussions can also occur when you experience a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Many people believe that to have a concussion you must have loss of consciousness. This is inaccurate. Loss of consciousness only occurs in less than 10% of concussions, but even a mild concussion can change the way your brain works and can impact your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
Concussions are complex injuries. It is important to seek proper assessment and treatment before returning to normal activities. You should first see your physician for an evaluation as soon as possible. Initial treatment for a concussion includes full cognitive and physical rest (No TV, radio, phone texting, computing, including minimal lights and noise). After this period of rest, research indicates active rehabilitation is recommended.
At The Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA, our rehabilitation specialists are specially trained in concussion care and can perform an assessment, which will provide valuable objective information to help you assess your needs and level of recovery. Additionally, our concussion therapists will develop an individualized plan that will include the establishment of a treatment program with home activities.
Post Concussion Therapy and Rehabilitation may consist of:
- Balance training and Vestibular therapy
- Manual therapy to restore cervical function
- Graded aerobic exercises below the symptom sub-threshold level
- Progression of return to play protocol
- Speech Therapy for working memory or concentration difficulties
If you or someone you know are suffering with symptoms related to a concussion, ask your physician for a referral or you can call one of our three convenient Chester County, PA locations for more information.
A physician's prescription is necessary for treatment.
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