Concussion Management

A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain that can cause neurometabolic changes in the brain. This is often not visualized through MRI or CT Scan. Approximately 1-4 million sport related concussions occur each year in the United States. Although approximately 80 percent of individuals recover within 3 weeks, 20 percent of athletes take over 3 weeks to recover.

Who may benefit from concussion rehabilitation?

If your symptoms do not resolve within the first 7-10 days, you may be appropriate for concussion rehabilitation. Our rehabilitation therapists perform a thorough examination to create an individualized treatment program to facilitate a faster recovery and safe return to sports/work.

A concussion physical evaluation includes:

  • Vestibular and ocular motor screening
  • Positional vertigo testing
  • Static and dynamic balance assessment
  • Musculoskeletal assessment
  • Exertional activity testing
  • Neurocognitive testing including ImPACT computer testing

After a concussion, physical therapy aims to:

  • Educate you on expectations in recovery
  • Provide guidelines for rest and recovery
  • Restore strength and endurance
  • Eliminate dizziness and improves balance
  • Reduce headaches
  • Help you return to normal activity and/or sports

Learn about speech therapy for concussion rehabilitation.