Symptoms of Concussion
Symptoms include physical changes such as imbalance, dizziness, headache, and eye-tracking difficulties. Concussion can also lead to emotional symptoms—such as irritability and mood changes—or cognitive symptoms—such as decreased memory, organization problems, and being easily distracted. Symptoms can occur immediately, a few hours later, or a day or two after injury. For some, symptoms may be hard to detect.
Recovery from Concussion
Obtaining and following the advice of your medical doctor is essential for optimal recovery. Rest, both physical and mental, initially after injury is extremely important when dealing with concussion. Without early rest, symptoms can worsen and recovery can be prolonged. Younger people are more susceptible to delayed recovery than adults due to the ongoing development of the brain. For some, more help is needed for recovery and your doctor may order vestibular therapy.
Concussion Symptoms Treated with Vestibular and Balance Therapy
Our vestibular system, located in the inner ear, helps control sense of balance and orientation. Sometimes concussion can affect this system and its connections in the brain. Vestibular disorders can cause imbalance, dizziness, vertigo, nausea, headaches, and the inability to focus vision while moving your head. For those who do not recover from concussion on their own in a few weeks, exercises are utilized for imbalance and problems with eye tracking, gaze stability, and dizziness with movement. Additionally, gradually increasing physical activity through a Graded Exertion Protocol allows the person with concussion to tolerate more activity without worsening their symptoms. Eventually sports or activity-specific challenges are added to their program.
Specially Trained Vestibular Therapist at Grand View
Our vestibular therapist, a licensed physical therapist, has advanced training in treatment of vestibular disorders and imbalance, successfully completing the Competency Based Course in Vestibular Rehabilitation at Emory University.
A Personalized Treatment Plan
During your first appointment, our vestibular therapist will thoroughly assess your dizziness, balance, walking, eye tracking, and ability to focus your vision during head movement. Your strength and flexibility, including neck movement, will be assessed. Next, the therapist will design a challenging and safe treatment plan specifically for you. You will also learn about your disorder and the steps you need to take to recover.
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