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Early Activity After Concussion Can Be Beneficial

Traditionally, when an individual is diagnosed with a concussion, they are instructed to rest from activity of any sort for several days.  But, more recently, researchers are looking at how earlier return to physical activity affects the persistence of symptoms.

Both studies listed below demonstrate how you can decrease the persistence of concussion symptoms by simply implementing earlier physical activity after the concussion is sustained.  This can impact how much time it will take for an individual to return to sports, school, or work.  It is important to have a healthcare professional advising you on when and what type of physical activity you can return to after you have sustained a concussion.  Everyone is different with regards to their symptom severity, their history of concussions, and their overall health.  Check out the articles below for more specifics!

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27997652

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/file?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0196062&type=printable

If you have any questions regarding concussions or you have sustained a concussion and need a supervised rehabilitation program, contact Omaha Physical Therapy Institute today!  We can help!

Katie Cordery, PT

 

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