Concussion Therapy

Each head injury is different, requiring a thorough neurological assessment and patient-orientated approach to help. Vestibular therapy is a special form of physical therapy that helps alleviate post concussion syndromes.

What is a concussion?

Concussions can occur when the head strikes an object, is stuck by an object, or from an acceleration/deceleration such as a car accident. These injuries cause quick shifting of delicate brain tissue within the skull. It is important to note, you do not have to experience loss of consciousness for a serious head injury or concussion to occur. If you suspect you have had a concussion, DOC providers expert concussion team can help you recover quicker.

According to current concussion therapy research, nerve signals in the brain can be disrupted for up to 30 days after a single concussion. If additional concussions occur, there will be an increase in recovery time and symptoms can worsen. Often, brain imaging does not show significant changes in the brain, but an individual may still have significant symptoms. Symptoms lasting 4 weeks after head trauma are classified as post concussion syndrome. Two days of cognitive rest is recommended according to recent studies. When you consult our concussion therapy team, we will create a completely customized treatment plan that thoroughly assesses your current state, maps out your recovery goals, and kick-starts a route to get you feeling better.

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What is Vestibular Therapy?

Vestibular (inner ear) or visual dysfunction occurs in 90% of individuals with head trauma. Dr. Finck, DPT has years of experience working with individuals with various brain diagnoses. Vestibular therapy is a special form of concussion therapy that helps alleviate dizziness, gaze instability, blurry vision, balance dysfunction, or difficulty with tracking due to vestibular dysfunction.

The brain learns to compensate and use other sensory systems to substitute for deficits, but this can impair the overall recovery process.

Based on prominent studies and developements in the world of concussion therapy, it has been shown that healing occurs as the brain gets better at what it is asked to do. Each individual with a head injury or concussion is different, thus, it takes special assessment and patient-oriented approach to effectively make a difference.

These concussion therapy strategies can include habituation and adaptation exercises, gaze stabilization, balance training, and integrating functional vestibular issues.

Mary Finck, PT, DPT

Dr. Finck’s specializes in vestibular therapy to address common symptoms related to concussions and traumatic brain injuries following a car accident.