Physical Therapy Management for Patients Post-Concussion

Physical Therapy Management for Patients Post-Concussion
Physical Therapy Management for Patients Post-Concussion
Physical Therapy Management for Patients Post-Concussion

The incidence of concussions and concussion-type symptoms in the United States and globally continues to grow alarmingly. About half of Americans have or will sustain at least one such injury in their lifetime. Evidence-based care shows that physical therapy can help you return to your sport, school, work, or recent activity more quickly.

When You Need Concussion Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy can be initiated and is encouraged to begin between 48 hours and three weeks after getting a concussion. If you feel you are experiencing the signs of being concussed, Uncommon Physical Therapy can offer you the latest, most effective treatments.

Hip Labral Tear Facts

Your hip is a ball and socket joint with a labrum between the femur and the acetabulum. The labrum helps cushion and to distribute the load within the joint. A hip labral tear injury can occur over time or from trauma. Labral tears that occur over time are usually present in middle-aged and older adults. Trauma to the labral tear generally occurs in the younger population. This trauma usually occurs when the planting of the foot combines with an uncontrolled twisting motion at the hip joint, causing stress to the labrum, and causing a tear.

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
  • Mood/mental health complications
  • Problems with sleeping and fatigue

Uncommon Physical Therapy – Post-Concussion Management

Physical Therapists can expertly treat and manage every sign and symptom someone with a concussion may present. The therapist can and should provide education to reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches, which is the most common complaint post-concussion. Also, physical therapists can educate on how to manage difficulties concentrating and how to manage problems with sleeping and fatigue.

Physical therapists can provide a series of assessments and treatments for any patient with dizziness 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 some techniques that can resolve any dizziness. Physical therapists can also help to treat any visual impairments present post-concussion.

Physical Therapy for a Hip Labral Tear

Physical therapy is an underutilized source for patients who have sustained a concussion — as therapists can offer a variety of education and treatment options to help manage and improve symptoms. If you or anyone you know has recently sustained a concussion or are still experiencing symptoms, trust in the empowering and friendly staff at Uncommon Physical Therapy to help get you better — faster.

When patients come into Uncommon Physical Therapy, we take the time to listen to everyone. We want to hear about your history, measure your strength and flexibility, see how well you can move, and know your goals.

Uncommon PT uses the latest evidence to support and drive our treatment approaches. Each therapist is equipped and trained in treating several conditions, including patients who have sustained a concussion. Let Uncommon Physical Therapy show you that you can be stronger longer by offering more than you think! Contact our team today to learn how physical therapy can help you recover from a concussion.
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