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3 Unexpected Treatments for Concussions – That Work!

I often get asked about what I do for a living and when I respond that I am a physical therapist many people ask me what kind of injuries I see. My response usually begins with the orthopedic injuries, which everyone kind of already expects, but one area in particular that almost always catches people off guard is when I tell them that I treat concussions.

What can a physical therapist do for a concussion?

That is a great question! Let me share with you the basics on what a concussion actually is.

Concussions: A mild form of traumatic brain injury, which is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. These injuries may be classified as mild but the symptoms they cause can be devastating to the people who are experiencing them.

Symptoms: Dizziness, headaches, poor balance, trouble concentrating, depression from lack of participation ability. Surprisingly, the symptom most correlated with a lengthened recovery is dizziness. For more information on the basics of concussions visit

Now that you understand the basics of a concussion, I promised that I would begin to reveal the three unexpected concussion treatments…and here they are!

  1. Exertion therapy is used to help get the body back to regulating its normal functions like heart rate, and also returning the patient back to sport or work.
  2. Finally, the musculoskeletal piece is used to help with neck or back pain, which often goes hand in hand with a concussion.
  3. Vestibular therapy is used to help address dizziness, headaches, and lack of balance.

In order to avoid getting too long winded, I will be breaking down each one of these three main areas in future blog posts. For now I know this is a very general overview so if you have any further questions feel free to contact me!

Written by, Josiah Parker – PT, DPT

Question:  What do you want to know about concussion therapy?

2 thoughts on “3 Unexpected Treatments for Concussions – That Work!”

  1. Jenny Negrete says:

    My daughter has been suffering from daily headaches and occasional difficulty concentrating and dizziness for over a year but she has not been officially diagnosed with a concussion since 2008 when she fell and hit her head. She has been to a neurologist, heart specialist, has had an MRI and blood work and they cannot control her headaches or tell us what is causing them. Could it be an undiagnosed concussion???

    1. Athletes' Training Center says:

      We would suggest that the next step for you would be to come in and get an evaluation through our concussion therapy program to better diagnose your symptoms and possibly develop a treatment plan. If you have any questions that you would like answered beforehand, you could call our front desk at 402.932.7111 and ask to speak with Josiah Parker, he is our concussion specialist. You could also email him directly with any questions or concerns that you may have at – We are located on 13809 Industrial Road Omaha, NE 68137. Thank you for reaching out to us, we are here to Build and Rebuild Today’s Athletes.

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