What is Concussion and how does a physiotherapist help treat concussion?
A concussion is one of the most common types of mild traumatic brain injury, resulting from the head and neck moving too rapidly backward and forward (for example – Motor Vehicle Accidents / Whiplash injuries)
Although not every accident will result in a concussion, It’s important that people recognize the signs of it.
Here are a few of the most commonly observed signs/symptoms of a concussion:
- Difficulty remembering events prior to or after the event
- A loss of consciousness, even briefly
- Headache or a sense of pressure in the head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Problems with dizziness, and balance.
- Sensitive to noise and light
- Feeling groggy or hazy
- Issues with concentration or memory
- Feeling down or not quite right
Physiotherapy is an effective, safe, drug-free treatment option for those suffering from a concussion. A physiotherapist can treat a concussion by…
- Retraining the vestibular system (the inner ear balance system)
- Leading a patient through exercises that train the visual system
- Performing Manual Therapy on the neck
- Exercising the muscles in the neck
- Having a patient participate in cardiovascular exercises
- Providing education about the return to daily activities
Wrote by: Nikitha Badhe- PT