Physical Therapy Can Help Treat You
Concussions are a traumatic brain injury that occurs when your brain is violently shaken. They can cause a variety of short and long-term effects that can disrupt your life. Physical therapists use different methods to relieve these side effects so you can enter the fastlane on your road to recovery. Some of these treatments include:
To help you recover, you should take a period of rest from daily tasks and activities like work, school, sports, and electronic use. This allows your brain to heal so your symptoms can clear up as quickly as possible.
Improve Your Strength and Endurance
The time you take to rest can result in muscle weakness and a decrease in physical endurance. Physical therapy can help you regain your strength after you’ve rested so your symptoms don’t worsen. Every patient is different so your lifestyle and the severity of your concussion will determine the best methods for treatment.
End Dizziness and Regain Your Balance
Vestibular physical therapy can help treat dizziness and balance problems. The vestibular system is made up of the inner ear and because of how it connects to the brain, it helps you keep your balance and prevents dizziness. Special treatments and exercises may be used to help reduce these symptoms.
Headaches are another symptom of concussions, due to the possible damage to your neck from the whiplash. Physical therapists use treatments like stretches, strength/motion exercises, eye exercises, hands-on techniques like specialized massage, and the use of technology like electrical stimulation.
Other Side Effects
There are more to concussions than just the physical side effects, there are mental and emotional symptoms too. Some mental symptoms include difficulty with memory, slowed thinking, and ‘fogginess.’ Meanwhile, some of the emotional side effects are mood swings, aggression, restlessness, and irritability.
Physical therapy is commonly used to treat the physical side effects of concussions, however, some emotional symptoms like irritability can be helped after you get treated for specific issues like headaches that are causing you pain.
At Access Physical Therapy & Wellness we specialize in providing the best care for our patients. If you were diagnosed with a concussion, contact us, we can help.