Adirondack PT & OT: Concussion Therapy

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HAVE YOU EVER SUFFERED A CONCUSSION? There has been a long-standing belief that the only way for a concussion to heal is to limit a person’s movement, use of their eyes and thought process. This approach requires weeks of rest as the patient and health care provider both wait for the brain to heal from its traumatic injury. However, new research suggests that physical therapy and occupational therapy can play an important role in recovery after a concussion. Curious? Call our office and find out whether concussion therapy is right for you or your loved one. What is concussion therapy?

Most people with a concussion experience short-term symptoms including vomiting, confusion, and headaches. However, many of these symptoms persist along with: •Neck Pain •Muscle weakness •Poor balance •Visual problems •Dizziness Concussion therapy uses physical and occupational therapy processes to treat these symptoms rather than simply waiting for them to subside. This type of physical therapy typically begins once your initial concussion symptoms have subsided and The majority of the medical community came to a consensus that physical activity and cognitive stimulation (using your brain to read, watch TV learn or otherwise think) had an adverse effect on how quickly someone recovered after a concussion. However, recent research from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy shows that starting physical therapy and occupational therapy sooner does not harm your recovery. In fact, people who have physical therapy in the first weeks after their concussion do not require any more sessions than those who wait until their symptoms become chronic. Rather than having adults wait two weeks before beginning therapy and having children wait as long as four weeks to start, new research suggests everyone could benefit from and should start physical therapy much sooner. (continued inside) continues until you see an improvement. Is concussion therapy safe?

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