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Concussion Rehabilitation

A concussion is the most common type of head injury in athletes. It occurs when a force jars the brain against the skull. It can result directly from a blow to the head or indirectly from a sudden jolt to the body, causing a whiplash type of effect to the spine and head. Concussions cause damage to brain tissue and need to be taken seriously. Symptoms that can occur immediately include headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to light or noise, memory loss, upset stomach, and vomiting. Other symptoms that are often times not detected for hours or days after the injury include but are not limited to difficulty concentrating, insomnia, fatigue, neck and back pain, decreased balance and coordination, and irritability.Concussion symptoms are typically gone in a few days but the brain needs to continue to heal. If symptoms persist past 3-6 weeks, an athlete may be diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome. Omaha Physical Therapy Institute’s physical therapists are prepared to provide services necessary to get athletes back to their sport safely. Once an athlete has been evaluated by a physician and diagnosed with a concussion, the athlete could benefit from a physical therapy evaluation involving the following components:

  • Evaluation of the athlete’s orientation to person, place, and time
  • Cognitive testing
  • Balance
  • Eye control
  • Posture
  • Cervical spine mobility and strength
  • Athlete’s tolerance to physical activity (when appropriate)

Physical therapy treatment for concussions may involve the following items:

  • Athlete and parent/guardian education
  • Communication with athlete’s coach and athletic trainer
  • Balance retraining
  • Vestibular (inner ear) rehabilitation (for dizziness)
  • Oculomotor control/rehab
  • Cervical spine mobility/strength
  • Postural education
  • Aerobic conditioning
  • Sport-specific training/progression

If you have experienced a concussion and would like to learn more about OPTI’s Concussion Rehabilitation, please contact OPTI at (402)934-8688.

 

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“I came to OPTI after my concussion and they helped get me back to football. I was surprised that PT could help me so much for my concussion.” – Jake (Concussion)