Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) can be complicated. Rehab needs to be tailored to each individual and he/she/they should work with a healthcare team including physical therapy.
In physical therapy we will treat:
- Cervical (neck) dysfunction with manual therapy
- Vestibular (inner ear) dysfunction
- Balance deficits
- Neurocognitive deficits
- Post-concussion migraine
- Delayed reaction time
- Grounding and relaxation techniques
Return to sport is based on:
- Buffalo Treadmill Test
- Vestibular function
- Reaction time
- Neurocognitive testing
- Full return to academics
- No symptoms at rest or after exertion
- Completion of Zurich Return to Sport Protocol
Proper after-care of a concussion is extremely important, and rushing back too soon can be detrimental to long term function. If a concussion is suspected, it is vital that the athlete does not go back into the game/practice since symptoms of a concussion can take hours to fully manifest. Clearance for return to sport is required by a trained healthcare professional.
Other concussion facts:
- The use of helmets/headgear does NOT reduce the risk of concussion. There is research that suggests the opposite.
- A concussion can happen with or without head impact. It can also occur from whiplash injuries.
- No two concussions are alike!
- Complete rest is not recommended past 1-2 days
If you would like to schedule a post-concussion assessment, please call our office 703-988-4664