Physical therapy and performance therapy can address a variety of head injuries, including concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and whiplash-associated disorders (WAD).
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are more severe head injuries that can cause long-term cognitive and physical impairments. Physical therapy and performance therapy can help manage symptoms associated with TBI such as balance and coordination issues, cognitive problems, and motor control issues.
Whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) are injuries that occur due to sudden acceleration or deceleration of the neck and head, which can cause neck pain, headaches, dizziness, and other symptoms. Physical therapy and performance therapy can help manage symptoms associated with WAD such as neck pain, headaches, and loss of range of motion in the neck.
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that can occur due to a direct or indirect impact to the head or body. Physical therapy and performance therapy can help manage symptoms associated with concussions such as headaches, dizziness, balance and coordination issues, and cognitive problems. Athletes who have a history of being concussed are at a higher risk of experiencing another concussion, which can result in long-term cognitive, emotional, and physical impairments. This is why concussion rehab is essential for athletes who have a history of being concussed.
Concussion rehab involves a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to the individual needs of the athlete. The goal of concussion rehab is to manage symptoms, improve cognitive function, and facilitate a safe return to sport. Treatment may include rest, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and cognitive therapy.
Rest is an essential component of concussion rehab, particularly during the acute phase of the injury. Athletes may need to limit physical activity, screen time, and social activities to allow the brain to rest and recover.
In general, physical therapy and performance therapy can help manage symptoms associated with a variety of head injuries, promote healing, and restore function. They can also help prevent future injuries by improving strength, mobility, balance, coordination, and overall physical conditioning. It is important to seek the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, such as a physical therapist or a sports medicine physician, to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses the specific needs of the patient.
In conclusion, athletes should seek the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, such as a sports medicine physician, physical therapist, or a neuropsychologist, to develop an individualized holistic treatment plan that addresses their specific needs after head injury.
- Whiplash associated disorders
- Post-concussion syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Balance/coordination problems and vertigo