Concussion Therapy at Performance Therapy Services
A concussion is an injury that affects the brain, typically induced by trauma to the head. It can be caused either by a direct blow to the head, or an indirect blow to the body, causing neurological impairments.
Concussions can be hard to diagnose as the symptoms are hard to identify. Early identification of symptoms like headache, dizziness, balance problems, trouble sleeping, and blurred vision can help diagnose a concussion.
Treatment begins with a thorough evaluation, which guides the development of the comprehensive treatment plan including recommendations about when it is appropriate to return to work, driving, school, sports and other activities.
Through education and therapy, patients and their families will have a better understanding of concussions and be able to manage the symptoms better.
Our therapists start by completing a thorough patient evaluation that guides the development of a comprehensive treatment plan specific to each patient.
When is it safe to return to sports after a concussion?
If an athlete suffers a second concussion while recovering from a previous one, the risk of severe damage is greatly increased. Because of this, and due to the fact that it is difficult to recognize the symptoms of a concussion, the decision for an athlete to return to play should only be made by a qualified professional.
Every state in the United States has enacted a “Return to Play” law pertaining to concussions and head injuries in youth athletes in middle school, junior high, and high school. These laws vary from state to state, but all include a combination of the following requirements when an athlete has experienced a concussion:
- Mandatory removal from play
- Mandatory bench times
- Required medical clearance to return to play
- Required training/education for coaches, parents, and athletes
- Informed consent of parents and athletes.
Many athletes are having baseline screenings done prior to starting sports activities to identify their normal functioning brain activities prior to a concussion. This allows the athlete’s care provider to compare their state of their brain activity following treatment for the concussion. This computer-based screening evaluates verbal and visual memory, brain processing speed, and reaction time in youths to establish baseline data when a player is in a non-concussed or “normal” state as part of a complete evaluation process to manage head injuries more accurately. This screening is offered at Performance Therapy Services at Bonner General Health.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of a concussion, contact your healthcare provider for an evaluation. For more information, call Performance Therapy Services at Bonner General Health at 208-265-3325.