The care and treatment of concussions have become one of the fastest growing priorities in the medical community in the last several years and rightfully so.
An estimated 300,000 sport-related traumatic brain injuries, predominantly concussions, occur annually in the United States. In fact, for young people ages 15-24 years, sports are second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of this form of a traumatic brain injury. (Journal of Athletic Training)
Concussions are now more widely recognized in the world of sports, in work safety and in the medical world than ever before. According to the CDC, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works.
1 out of every 5 people who sustain a concussion WILL NOT recover in the normal 2-3 week time frame.
Though they may appear to be functioning just fine, people suffering from a concussion may be dealing with an array of symptoms. These symptoms include time lost from school/work, time out of sports, headaches, dizziness, nausea, balance problems, fatigue, and the list could go on.
What can a physical therapist do for a concussion?
If you are suffering from post-concussion symptoms, you may feel helpless and think there is no way to help speed up the process of recovery. But there is a way! 3 Unexpected Treatments for Concussions – That Work!
Our Concussion Rehab Program
We have developed a concussion rehabilitation program specifically designed to address those residual and impairing symptoms. This program will take you step-by-step from your current condition back to fully and safely functioning in your sport or workplace. Each person going through our program undergoes a thorough evaluation designed to pick up mental, physical, and emotional symptoms.
After the evaluation, you will be given a specific, daily regimen to address the deficits using things such as balance training, visuomotor re-training (eye tracking exercises), manual therapy/therapeutic exercise for spinal dysfunction and exertion therapy. This regimen will be closely monitored and advanced as tolerated during each of your follow up appointments.
If you have had a concussion and are struggling with fully recovering, don’t wait any longer. Click the button below to schedule a consultation.
Our Collaboration with Concussion Focus
What is ConcussionFocus? Concussion Focus is a collaborative group of healthcare professionals in the Omaha and surrounding area that decided to come together to provide a team approach to concussion management.
Representing the areas of family medicine, pediatrics, neurology, athletic training, physical therapy, and other disciplines allow each professional to offer expertise in their field while communications with each other to best serve the patient’s needs.
The Concussion Blog: 6 Part Series
- Concussion Focus: What is it? – Josiah Parker, DPT
Get to know the Concussion Focus team and why they started “The Concussion Blog.” Their goal is to help provide valuable, free resources to people dealing with concussions in the Omaha and surrounding areas.
- Time to Start the Discussion: Concussion Management – Tom Buehler, ATC.
Acute management of concussions. Symptoms and overall industry discussion on handling concussions on the field.
- Concussion and The Classroom: Bridging the Gap – Becky Docter, MA, ATC.
Understanding: Return to Learn. An amendment to the Concussion Awareness Act that was passed in July 2012.
- Debunking 7 Common Concussion Myths – Josiah Parker, DPT
Sorting through misinformation on concussions. I hear them all the time, “my son just needs to rest until all his concussion symptoms are gone.” “The MRI/CT scan was clear so I don’t have a concussion…”
We have learned so much about concussions over the last 10 years but there is so much left to be learned. This influx of information has been great for the rehabilitation of patients with concussions however, there is still a ton of misinformation out in the public.
- Tips for Managing Sleep After A Concussion – Rebecca Lancaster, MD.
Ah, sleep! It is oh so important when you are recovering from a concussion, but what do you do when the injured brain does not want to sleep?
- Concussion Return to Work: Plan of Action – Rebecca Lancaster, MD.
Returning to work after a head injury poses unique challenges. It may seem unclear what steps to take or how far you should push yourself as you return to work. A good place to start would be discussing the situation with your employer and physician.