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Ways Physiotherapy Can Help You Recover From A Concussion.

A Concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the brain is violently shaken. The injury can happen during rapid movement changes (such as whiplash) or when the head is directly hit. This shaking or hitting of the head causes unpredictable injury to any area of the brain, resulting in immediate or delayed changes in the brain’s chemistry and function.

A concussion is one of the most common injuries that patients present to physiotherapists, and less than 10% of concussions involve a loss of consciousness. It may result in significant damage to the brain, which can lead to other secondary health issues.

Physiotherapy can help you recover from a concussion. Working with a skilled physiotherapist lets you identify the right treatment options so that you achieve a full and quick recovery from your concussion.

Signs and Symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty with balance and coordination
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Increased sleepiness
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Slurred speech
  • Glassy-eyed stare
  • Seizures

Emotional symptoms can include:

  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Aggression
  • Decreased tolerance for stress.
  • Change in personality behavior.

Physiotherapy is an effective, safe, drug-free treatment option for those suffering from a concussion. Physical therapists can evaluate and treat many problems related to concussion,  a physical therapist will examine your neurological, orthopedic, and cardiovascular systems in order to best prescribe a routine to address your particular symptoms.

Below are ways physical therapy can help you recover quickly from concussion:

1- Helps  In Minimizing Headaches:

Physiotherapists will examine and evaluate the possible causes of your headaches, and make use of effective treatments and exercises to minimize and eliminate them. Treatments such as stretches, strength and motion exercises, eye exercises, hands-on techniques like specialized massage, and the use of technologies such as electrical stimulation will be used to achieve positive results.


2- Encourage Rest and Restore Strength and Endurance:

Physical therapists will educate you on the importance and reasons why you should limit any kind of activities after a concussion until it is safe to return to these activities. Sufficient rest helps the brain heal and helps symptoms clear up as quickly as possible. Your physical therapist will guide you on the appropriate rest program for your condition, and also design a therapeutic exercise program just for you, and closely monitor your symptoms as you participate in the program to help you regain your strength and endurance when the right time comes, without making your concussion symptoms worse.


3- Improving balance and Stopping Dizziness:

After a  concussion, If you have dizziness or difficulty with your balance, a certain type of physical therapy called vestibular physical therapy might be considered. The vestibular system, which includes the inner ear and its connections with the brain, helps you keep your balance and prevent dizziness. A professional vestibular physical therapist may be able to help reduce or stop your dizziness or balance problems after a concussion by applying special treatments or teaching you specific exercises, some of which you may be able to do at home.

4- Educate You On How To Return To daily Activities :

Once you are able to regain your normal strength and endurance without recurring symptoms,  physiotherapists will gradually help add normal activities back into your daily routine. Overloading the brain during activity after a concussion interferes with the healing of the brain tissue, and can make your symptoms return. physiotherapists will help you avoid overloading the brain and nervous system as you increase your activity level. They will help you return to your normal life and sports activities in the safest and fastest way possible while allowing your brain to heal properly.

All in all, Physiotherapists ensure that you return to your everyday activities appropriately. Having the resources you need to understand the symptoms and risk factors related to concussions is the first step in achieving a full recovery.

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