A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.
Common Signs and Symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Balance Problems
- Visual Problems
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Feeling mentally foggy or slowed down
- Confused about recent events
- Answers questions slowly
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Sleeping more or less than usual, drowsiness
At Kinetic Energy Physical Therapy we are actively participating in the latest advances with concussion management to assist in rehabilitation for these individuals to allow for the most advantageous return to sports, work and life.
Concussion Assessment and Management at Kinetic Energy PT
- Neurological and orthopedic evaluation
- Vestibualr evaluation and therapy
- Physical and exertion evaluation and rehabilitation
- Individual ImPACT Testing (Immediate and Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) – a computer test which measures multiple aspects of cognitive function including verbal and visual memory, processing speed, attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, response variability, non-verbal problem solving, and reaction time to 1/100th of a second. For more information about ImPACT Testing visit their website at www.impacttest.com.
- Continuous communication with the treating physician for collaboration of academic accommodations, return to play, external referrals as indicated.
Concussion Rehabilitation at Kinetic Energy PT
- Manual therapy to the spine and musculoskeletal systems
- Vestibular therapy including exercises for vision, balance, motor and gait.
- Exertion training which safely challenges heart rate during cardiovascular exercise, strength training, agility drills and plyometrics.
- Sports specific training when allowed as vestibuar and headache symptoms resolve and cognitive symptoms recover.