& Post Concussion Syndrome
I suffered a concussion from sports or car accident, what is happening?
Is there a medication or cure?
What will PT be able to do for my head?
While PT does not cure the concussion it can help alleviate symptoms and return you to work, school, your sport, or daily activities faster. Upon your initial appointment one of our trained physical therapists will evaluate how your concussion occurred, what symptoms you currently have, and what your goal is to return to. As stated above concussions have a plethora of different symptoms that can occur and all present differently. Returning to a contact sport may require more balance and eye tracking exercises, while returning to work may require more focus/concentration exercises and gaze stabilization with a piece of paper or on a computer screen. All of these and more exercise are encompassed within treatment plans using our orthopedic gym and aquatic therapy services.
At Dedham Health Physical Therapy, we utilized a two pronged approach of exercises on land and in our heated indoor pool to streamline a program to your symptoms and achieving your goals. As mentioned above all concussions are different requiring different exercises and requiring different timetables to treat. However a small sample size of exercises you could perform are below:
1.) Brock String Gaze Stabilization
2.) Balance Exercises with changing surfaces and outside perturbations
3.) Upper Trap Stretching in Sound/Noise Reduction setting
(These are only three of a large group of exercises that could be prescribed to you, with concussion PT treatment these exercises and others could elicit symptoms and should only be performed in the correct reps, sets and manner that a trained PT/PTA prescribes. Symptoms returning during initial PT is normal however limiting occurrence will allow for faster progress)
Dedham Health Physical Therapy has a team of skilled PT’s/PTA’s that can utilize these interventions and more to help you return your daily activities. We take the time to truly understand the goals and motivations you have to return and streamline a program to your specific needs. You will receive a comprehensive program that progresses with you in the best interest of you. A home exercise program will also be administered to help you make the most progress and allow you to reach your full function. The team at Dedham Health Physical Therapy takes the time to understand each patient and set you up with the best approach to succeed. Concussions don’t need to sideline you forever and the team at Dedham Health Physical Therapy is committed to getting you back in the game!