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CONCUSSION REHABILITATION Staying Safe During Sports, Exercise, And Other Activities!

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CONCUSSION REHABILITATION Staying Safe During Sports, Exercise, And Other Activities!

weather being ideal for outdoor sports, excursions, and other activities, there also comes an increased risk of suffering from a concussion. Accidents happen, and whileconcussionscanbecomeserious,with theproperassessmentandcare, they are entirely treatable. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER? Thenormalrecoverytimefromaconcussionvariesfrompersontopersonandpast concussionrecoverytimedoesnotpredictfuturerecoverytime.Thepatient’ssigns/ symptomsandcourseof recoverydependupon the locationof themildbrain injury andtheseverityoftheir injury.However,studieshaveshownthat80%ofconcussed patients recover from their concussion within three weeks, but 20% of concussed patients may take much longer to recover. TREATING A CONCUSSION Treatment for a concussion consists of rest and changes in daily activities in the initialstagesofrecovery.Activitiesorenvironmentsthatprovokesymptomsshould be avoided, such as loud music, television, smart phone use, video games and thinking tasks. Getting plenty of sleep and naps during this stage of healing is very important in the recovery from a concussion. Agradual return tosymptom freephysicalactivity isappropriatewhen thepatient’s symptoms begin to improve. Guidance from a qualified healthcare provider is very important during this stage of recovery. Physical therapists can evaluate and managepossible innerearconditionsassociatedwithheadtrauma,balancedeficits, neck pain, headaches, and dizziness, and they can appropriately pace a return to cardiovascular activity. (Continued inside)

Concussions are quite common, and many who suffer a concussion do not show themorealarmingorobvioussymptomssuchasunconsciousnessormemory loss. Theyaretypically describedasa“mild”traumaticbrain injurybecauseconcussions arenotusually life threatening;however,concussionscan lead toserious long-term consequences if not managed correctly by a healthcare professional. WHAT IS A CONCUSSION? Aconcussion isabrain injury thatdisruptsnormalbrainfunction,usuallycausedby a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or the body that causes the brain to move within the skull. This movement causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull or stretch, resulting inachange inbraincellchemistryandstructural injuryfromcellstretching. WHAT DO I DO AFTER A CONCUSSION? The first priority in the management of a concussion is to safely remove yourself fromwhateveractivityoraccidentmayhavecausedthesuspectedconcussion.The AmericanAcademyofNeurologyusesthemantraof“If indoubt,sit itout,”asaguide for individuals that have suffered a head injury. Removal from sports, recreational activities, and the physical demands of work or daily tasks in general can greatly decrease the risk of suffering another concussion and prolonging recovery. Healthcareprovidersshouldperformasidelineassessmentwhichmay includeteststo ruleoutaneck injury, issueswithmemoryandneurocognitivetests(testsofthinking). Afterwards, you should follow-up with a healthcare provider for reassessment and management of the concussion. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1.6 million to 3.8 million peopleexperienceconcussionsannually intheUnitedStates.Nowwiththewarmer

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Thefinalphaseofconcussionrecovery includesagradedreturntofullfunctionthat slowlyprogressesfrom lightactivitytofullparticipation inordertobeclearedfora fullreturntophysicalactivity. Thisphase isnot initiateduntilapatienthasalready returned to a full return to work or learning in school without accommodations, performingattheirprior leveloffunctionanddoesnotexperiencesymptomswith mental tasks. Physical therapists are qualified to progress a patient through a return to play protocol and work with the physician for final clearance. No single healthcare professional is able to fully manage a concussion due to the many different issuesrelatedtoaconcussion. Concussionmanagement istrulyateam effort to help a patient return to his or her prior level of function. Members of the concussionmanagementteammay includeasportsmedicinephysician,primary carephysician,athletictrainer,teacher,schooladministrator,socialworker,physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, psychologist, neuropsychology, neurologist, radiologist, orthopedic surgeon, ophthalmologist, ear nose, & throat physician and other healthcare professions. CONCUSSION REHAB AT PT OF MELISSA HereatPTofMelissa,ourconcussion teamstronglybelieves that to fully treatall symptomsofaconcussion,youmusthavebothcognitiveandbalance/vestibular data.Anathletemayappearasymptomaticandevenpassacomputerizedcognitive test; however, the lingering effects of a balance disturbance from head trauma would go otherwise undetected without a balance/oculomotor assessment. We care about our concussion patients and are taking a proactive approach in

managing the devastating effects of concussion by partnering with Questcare Medical Clinic at Melissa to offer comprehensive Concussion Baseline Testing, utilizing ImPACT® (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), Balance Error System Scoring (BESS), and the Vestibular Ocular Motor Screening(VOMS).Thepurposeofourprogram istoestablishandstoreabaseline of cognitive, oculomotor and balance functions prior to a sports season. In the event you sustain a suspected concussion or other traumatic brain injury (TBI), the baseline results can be compared with your performance after injury. This comparison helps to indicate any change in cognition, balance and oculomotor functionand isan important tool inanoverallconcussionmanagementprogram. Thiscomparisonhelps indicateanychange incognition,balanceandoculomotor functionand isan important tool inanoverallconcussionmanagementprogram andsafely returning tonormalactivities.Athleteswithoutabaseline,whosustain a concussion, will be compared to others of the same age and gender as a way to identify any weaknesses. Computerized neurocognitive testing after an injury is still valuable if the athlete does not have a baseline. For themonthofJuly,weareofferingaspecialprice forourConcussionBaseline Testingprogram– $30 forstudentathletes (Regularvalue$45).Participantsare alsoentitled to free follow-up testingafteradocumentedhead injury foroneyear after thedateofbaseline testingatPhysicalTherapyofMelissa.Youcan register by visiting online now at and use the coupon code CONSUM19!

Healthy Recipe: Greek Turkey Burgers

INGREDIENTS • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

• ¼ tsp ground pepper • 4 small hamburger buns, preferably whole-wheat • 4 tbsp tzatziki • 12 slices cucumber • 8 thick rings red onion (about ¼-inch)

• ½ tsp garlic powder • ½ tsp dried oregano • ¼ tsp salt

DIRECTIONS Preheat grill to medium-high. Squeeze excess moisture from spinach. Combine the spinach with turkey, feta, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; mix well. Form into four 4-inch patties. Oil the grill rack. Grill the patties until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 165°F.) Assemble the burgers on the buns, topping each with 1 tablespoon tzatziki, 3 cucumber slices and 2 onion rings.

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On May 22, 2019 the 86th Legislature successfully passed a new law providing Texans Direct Access to Physical Therapy. Becoming law on September 1st, patients will now have: • ImprovedAccesstoCare bybeingproperlyevaluatedandtreatedbya licensed PhysicalTherapist without waiting for referral from a physician • Better Health Outcomes through seeking physical therapy rather than emergency visits, surgery, opioids and advanced imaging • Lower Health Care Costs by mitigating downstream health care costs Wewillhavemore informationonthenewprocessasSeptembernears.Thankyou toallofourpatientsandfriendswhocontactedour legislatorsseekingdirectaccess to physical therapy. Your input matters! #togetherwegetbetter

“I really enjoyed my experience here. I came in with a painful concussion, and in 3 sessions that lasted less than an hour– and with homework–I was cleared. I graduated with no noticeable pain in 3 weeks.” - Caleb W. “Three weeks after my concussion, I graduated PT with no noticeable pain!” @ptofmelissa

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Do you know someone who’s suffered a concussion? $ 30 CONCUSSION BASELINE TESTING PROGRAM (A $45 value!)

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Concussion Test If you feel like you may have suffered from a concussion, here’s a quick test. Can you stand with your feet together and eyes closed for 30 seconds without loosing balance? If not, call your physical therapist today!

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