Take Action! Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

by Robert B. Boyle, MPT, COO, Physical Therapist, December 20, 2016

Concussions can be caused by any trauma, jolt or direct force to one's head. With practices for high school sports now in full swing, it is important that every adult learns to recognize the signs and symptoms of a possible concussion, especially in young people.

If your loved one or child experiences a concussion, take the victim to a hospital emergency room immediately for diagnoses and treatment. The signs and symptoms of a concussion can include headache, blurred or double vision, confusion or fogginess, nausea and vomiting, impaired balance, ear ringing, sensitivity to noise or light and slurred/delayed speech. The patient should be monitored for possible skull, neck or head injury, blood on the brain, or other serious conditions. A physician will order immediate rest and will determine when the concussion patient may return to normal physical activity. However, once a patient is released from a doctor's care, symptoms of your trauma might linger. In those instances, it is important to learn how to manage your concussion.

Statistics show that a proper physical therapy rehabilitation program can help concussion victims cope after an accident. Since every concussion is unique, PT professionals, such as the team at Rehab 1st, will work with you and your physician to create an individualized plan based on your symptoms and needs. A qualified PT can assist in re-establishing balance, focus, mood and other symptoms associated with a concussion trauma and increase both your physical and mental well-being.

At the beginning of your visit, patients will be placed in a series of baseline tests and screenings to determine your capabilities and set individual goals. From there, a certified and licensed team will offer therapies for vestibular and balance rehab, coordination and vision screening and assistance, assessment and evaluation of contributors for possible neck aches or headaches, tips for maneuvering and coping at home/work/school, and a professional assessment of when it is safe to return to work or play. Rehab 1st also provides educational information and assistance that will explain our methods and let you be in control and informed on your overall treatment.

Concussions can be very serious and the proper concussion management will determine if you experience long-lasting effects caused by a head trauma. Allow the professionals at Rehab 1st to help you cope in the wake of a concussion. We will have you back at work or on the field in the proper time and safest way possible.

(Rehab 1st is a comprehensive rehabilitation center with convenient Maryland locations on the Downtown Cumberland Mall and Main Street in Frostburg. As a locally owned and operated company, Rehab 1st is dedicated to serving the tri-state area's rehabilitation needs.)

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