Every year, up to three million concussions are caused by sports, motor vehicle accidents, and recreational activities, with 70% of these due to automobile accidents. Unfortunately, 56% of concussions are missed by the emergency room, urgent care, and primary care staff and go untreated. Furthermore, most doctors take a wait and see approach to concussion recovery and do not understand that post-concussion rehabilitation plays a key role in optimal recovery. At One Accord Physical Therapy, we’ve chosen to specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of concussions, and we understand the short and long term risks associated with these type of injuries. We have specialists certified in Post-Concussion Rehabilitation, and we know exactly what you need to recover faster and to prevent the long-term risks associated with concussions. To learn more about our specialized approach, call, book an appointment online, or sign-up for a free phone consultation with one of the experts in our Phoenix, Scottsdale, Casa Grande, Mesa or Gilbert, Arizona, offices.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) that affects brain function. You develop a concussion when a blow or bump to your head makes the brain bounce against the skull. However, a concussion can also occur without a blow to the head and may occur just a violent shaking of the head such as in shaken baby syndrome or an automobile accident.
The brain’s movement damages brain cells and leads to physical and chemical changes in the way your brain functions. The effect of a concussion can last for weeks or longer and can cause ongoing problems such as vertigo, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, confusion, personality changes, sleep disturbances, emotional swings, anger, along with difficulty reading, concentrating, or remembering things.
A single concussion usually doesn’t cause permanent brain damage, but suffering a second concussion shortly after the first one, or sustaining multiple concussions, can lead to permanent damage and progressive cognitive impairment.
Here’s the most important thing to know about a concussion: Every concussion, no matter how mild it seems, should receive prompt medical attention.
When you come to One Accord Physical Therapy for concussion rehabilitation, you will receive expert care that will help prevent the long-term side-effects of a concussion, and you will get better faster due to our advanced post-graduate training and expertise in this area. Don’t risk your’s or a loved one’s future.
You may develop symptoms immediately, but concussion symptoms can also be delayed for hours or days after the injury. When the incident occurs, it is possible to lose consciousness, but most people stay awake following a concussion.
Here are the cardinal signs of post-concussion syndrome:
You may also develop symptoms such as:
If any of these symptoms develop after you sustain a blow to your head, seek immediate medical attention.
If your concussion happens during an athletic activity, you should stop playing immediately and see your doctor. Patients who have suffered an auto accident should also take it easy and immediately seek medical care, even if your injuries are minor. Our specialists at One Accord Physical Therapy are experts in the acute management of concussions and head injuries and will provide you with an exact plan and recovery strategies after a head or whiplash injury.
No matter what causes your concussion, the first line of treatment is a brief period of rest to prevent further harm to your brain.
Post-concussion rehabilitation, which starts with patient education and physical rest is a gradual, stepwise return to your normal activities, and proper management should begin as soon as possible following an injury. What you do in the first 30 days is the most critical, so do not risk long-term impairment, seek expert help immediately.
Because of our post-graduate training and post-concussion specialization, you’re in good hands at One Accord Physical Therapy. We will educate you on what you need to do to maximize recovery and to minimize the long-term risks associated with concussions, and help you get back to sport or life as soon as possible.
You work with the same provider at every visit, and that specialist is your partner throughout your journey, guiding your recovery from a concussion.
If you’ve suffered a concussion and need rehabilitation, call the office to or use online booking to schedule an appointment with one of our experts. If you are unsure if we are right for you, select one of the following free, no obligation options: