Concussion Management

Concussion Management Alexandria, VA

THERAPY FOR CONCUSSIONS

A concussion is a form of a traumatic brain injury that clearly affects how your brain functions. Concussions occur from any injury where the brain hits the skull and is usually from a blow to the head. Concussions are common in sports like football, soccer, rugby, and ice hockey. Side effects often include headaches, difficulty concentrating at school or work, balance issues, coordination issues, and visual hypersensitivity. Often times, athletes may get a concussion and not even realize it.

Usually rest is the most appropriate way to allow your brain to recover from a concussion for the first few days. Your doctor will recommend that you physically and mentally rest to recover from a concussion. This means avoiding activities that increase any of your symptoms, such as general physical exertion, sports or any vigorous movements, until these activities no longer provoke your symptoms. This rest includes limiting activities that require thinking and mental concentration, such as playing video games, watching TV, schoolwork, reading, texting or using a computer. After the few initial days of rest, the goal is to gradually return to the previous level of activity without provoking dizziness or headaches.

Our sports medicine physical therapists will take you through a graduated return to play program to help you improve your tolerance to both the cardiovascular and mental demands of your sport.