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Concussion Management

Concussions are classified as mild traumatic brain injuries and are typically caused by an unexpected blow to the head, face, or neck. Common causes include sports injuries, falls, and motor vehicle accidents. Symptoms typically resolve in 1-2 weeks in adults, and 3-4 weeks in children. Occasionally, symptoms may persist longer and are appropriate for treatment by a physical therapist.

Common symptoms that can be treated by a physical therapist include:

  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Problems with vision
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Fatigue

Treatment

By staying up to date on the new and emerging research on concussion management, Doctors of Physical Therapy at A. Fox Physical Therapy, PC are well equipped to evaluate and treat your concussion symptoms. Not all concussions are alike, and we will perform a thorough examination to ensure your treatment meets your specific needs.

Children and Adolescents

Concussion rates are higher in children and adolescents than in adults. Children and adolescents may require accommodations at school. Research supports symptom-limited school work and light exercise during the recovery process of a concussion. Our physical therapists will provide you with specific exercises to assist you as you return to full school work and regular physical activity.

Sports*

It is highly recommended for athletes with a concussion avoid their sport until they have completed a return to sport progression. Working closely with your physician, we will initiate a return to sport progression that is specific to the sport that you play. At A Fox Physical Therapy, PC, we have the knowledge and skills to get you back on the field, court, or gym safely.

*Colorado state law mandates that a medical physician (i.e. M.D. or D.O.) must clear athletes to return to sport following a concussion diagnosis.

 

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Lennon A, Hugentobler JA, Sroka MC, et al. An Exploration of the Impact of Initial Timing of Physical Therapy on Safety and Outcomes After Concussion in Adolescents. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2018;42(3):123-131.

Park K, Ksiazek T, Olson B. Effectiveness of Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy for Treatment of Concussed Adolescents With Persistent Symptoms of Dizziness and Imbalance. J Sport Rehabil. 2018;27(5):485-490.

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