Concussion Care - Balance Chicago Physical Therapy

Concussion Care

Concussion Care

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that usually happens after a blow to the head. It can also occur with violent shaking and movement of the head or body. You don’t have to lose consciousness to get a concussion or post-concussion syndrome. In fact, the risk of post-concussion syndrome doesn’t appear to be associated with the severity of the initial injury.

In most people, symptoms occur within the first seven to 10 days and go away within three months. Sometimes, they can persist for a year or more.

To learn more about the symptoms of a concussion and some of the treatments we use to help our patients, check out the information below.

DIZZINESS

Dizziness is a term used to describe a range of sensations, such as feeling faint, woozy, weak or unsteady. Dizziness that creates the false sense that you or your surroundings are spinning is called vertigo. Dizziness is treated using a variety of methods including canalith repositioning maneuver, VOR exercises and grounding techniques.

NECK PAIN

Neck pain is a common side effect of concussions, especially when a concussion is caused by a car accident which induces whiplash. We use a combination of hands-on therapy, stabilization and neck proprioception exercises to try to improve your everyday function and decrease any pain you might be experiencing.

HEADACHES

Those with concussion related headaches can report experiencing symptoms similar to migraine—including headache, nausea, dizziness, insomnia, poor concentration, memory problems, and sensitivity to light and sound.Headaches are treated with hands on therapy and a variety of other techniques.

 

EMOTIONAL SIDE EFFECTS

 

Fatigue- Feeling overtired, with low energy and a strong desire to sleep that interferes with normal daily activities.

Irritability- Feelings of frustration or anger, often over seemingly small matters.

Insomnia- Persistent problems falling and staying asleep.

These issues can be a side effect of a concussion and are often improved after receiving therapy for your concussion.

MEMORY LOSS

Memory loss (amnesia) is unusual forgetfulness. You may not be able to remember new events, recall one or more memories of the past, or both. The memory loss may be for a short time and then resolve (transient). Or, it may not go away, and, depending on the cause, it can get worse over time. Memory is associated with our vestibular system and can improve following vestibular therapy.

SENSORY OVERLOAD

Sensory overload occurs when one or more of the body’s senses experiences over-stimulation from the environment. When it comes to concussions, this usually means sensitivity to light and sounds that can lead to headaches.  Retraining sensory weighting is one of the methods to resolve these symptoms.