Concussion

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Concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury and can occur following a direct blow to the head, face, neck or anywhere else that causes an impulsive force to the head. Symptoms can vary but are typically immediately following injury but short lived lasting from days to a few weeks, Concussion may or may not include loss of consciousness at time of injury, and typically have no structural changes to the brain seen on standard neuroimaging.

Common Symptoms include any of the following:

  • Headache

  • Neck pain

  • Nausea/vomiting

  • Dizziness

  • Irritability

  • Drowsiness

  • Visual disturbances

  • Balance problems

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • And sensitivity to light/noise

Bee Mobile PT San Diego

While recovery from a concussion should occur naturally over the first few weeks following injury, some people experience persistent concussion symptoms lasting from multiple weeks to months or even longer. Typically, the cause of these persistent symptoms is not due to residual injury to the brain, but likely due to secondary impairments such as injury to cervical spine and vestibular system. Physical therapy evaluation following concussion includes neurocognitive testing, as well as a comprehensive evaluation of the cervical spine and vestibular system, with treatment aimed at normalizing mobility and function to allow for full safe return to sport or normal activities of daily living.