May 9, 2016

Post-Concussion Rehabilitation

A concussion is a temporary loss of brain function caused by a blow to the head. It is considered a brain injury, although there may not be any detectable damage to the brain. A person who suffers from a concussion may not lose consciousness. Concussions are classified from mild to severe; and all should be treated seriously. The effects of a concussion may appear immediately or soon after the blow. The symptoms can last for days or even longer, and may not appear for hours or even days.

Signs and Symptoms may include:

  • Chronic low-grade headache symptoms
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Increased sensitivity to sounds or light
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Delayed cognitive processing
  • Increased confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Impaired concentration
  • Neck pain
  • Decreased energy
  • Severe mood changes—Feeling sad, anxious or angry

Concussions not only occur on sports fields, but also on school playgrounds and outside in our backyards.

Family Physical Therapy & Wellness will work closely with your child’s neurologist during the rehabilitation program to be sure they return to their sport when they are ready.