April 17, 2020

Physical Therapy Following a Concussion

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Imagine Physical Therapy

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5 minutes


Physical Therapy Management for Patients Post-Concussion 


There is a growing number of people in the United States and worldwide who are experiencing concussions and concussion-type symptoms. In fact, about half of Americans have or will sustain at least one concussion in their lifetime. Have you or someone you know recently sustained a concussion or trauma to the head and/or neck? 

If so, there is evidence to show that physical therapy can help you return to your sport, school, work, or recent activity in a much quicker time frame. Physical therapy can be initiated and is actually encouraged to begin between 48 hours and 3 weeks after the concussion was sustained. 


Symptoms of a Concussion:

The most common symptoms associated with concussion are:

  • Headaches
  • Cervical Spine (neck) pain 
  • Dizziness
  • Visual deficits/problems
  • Problems with thinking or cognition
  • Problems with mood/mental health  
  • Problems with sleeping and fatigue 


Imagine Physical Therapy – Post Concussion Management

Physical Therapists are equipped to treat and manage every sign and symptom one with a concussion may present with. The therapist can and should provide education in order to reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches, which is the most common complaint post-concussion. Also, physical therapists can provide education on how to manage any difficulties concentrating or with sleeping and fatigue. In addition, the therapists can provide a series of assessments and treatments for any patient with dizziness occurring after a concussion including treating vertigo and working to improve dizziness in general or of cervicogenic (neck) origin. Dry Needling, Mulligan Sustained Natural Apophyseal Glides (SNAGs), and Maitland Passive Joint Mobilizations are just some of the techniques that can be utilized to resolve any dizziness. In addition, physical therapists can also help to treat any visual impairments that are present post-concussion. Physical therapy is an underutilized source for patients that have sustained a concussion as therapists can offer a variety of education and treatment options to help manage and improve symptoms after a concussion.


If you or anyone you know has recently sustained a concussion or are still having symptoms of a concussion, please trust the empowering and friendly staff at Imagine Physical Therapy to help get you better faster as they use the latest evidence to support and drive their treatment approaches. Each therapist is equipped and trained in treating a variety of conditions, including patients who have sustained a concussion. Let Imagine Physical Therapy show you that you can be stronger for longer by offering imaginably more than you could have hoped for. 


Contact our team today to learn more about how physical therapy can help you recover from a concussion. Call us at 843-375-5448 or visit our website at http://imaginept.com/locations! You won’t regret it.