Concussion Hot Topics
CONCUSSION MYTHS: DEBUNKED
Concussion is a hot topic these days, and with that comes a lot of misinformation. With concussions getting so much attention in the media, there are a lot of providers jumping on board and saying that they treat concussions. This can be misleading and even harmful if they do not have the specialized training needed to effectively and efficiently manage these injuries.
Why Concussion Care Matters…
Any orthopedist will tell you that a broken arm requires 4-6 weeks in a cast to heal. Heart surgeons give their cardiac patients 6 weeks to begin to feel better, and up to 6 months to feel the full benefits of the surgery. According to many professionals, an injury to the brain, our most complex organ, should take 10 days.
Physical Activity after concussion. When and How mUch?
In our last blog post, we discussed that rest following concussion, while commonly prescribed, may not be the best approach for maximizing recovery. Many patients immediately following a concussion are instructed to rest, including minimizing their physical and cognitive activity, and interactions with other people. But what do we know about strict rest following concussion?
Athletic trainers: who are we and what do we do?
So, you’re wondering what an athletic trainer is and what we do? You’re not alone. I get this question all the time. You know when you’re watching sports, and someone gets hurt? I’m the person in khakis with a fanny pack who runs onto the field to assess the situation. In this moment, I am evaluating the injury, making a determination if they can safely continue playing, or deciding if they need to be pulled from the game for their safety. In the case of suspected concussion, I first evaluate level of consciousness.
To Play or not to play, That is the question.
As a cognitive therapist, I have worked directly with hundreds of people who have had multiple concussions. I am also a mother. One of the questions I am frequently asked is, “Would you ever let your kids play football?”
What is cognitive rehabilitation?
Cognitive rehabilitation is a specialized type of therapy designed to help people who have cognitive impairments. These impairments might be due to a concussion or traumatic brain injury, stroke, illness, or learning disability. Oftentimes after a concussion, people feel overwhelmed by their job responsibilities, school, or household chores.
Four Ways Physical Therapy Can Help With Post-Concussive Symptoms
Concussions are rehabilitative injuries. Gone are the days of resting until symptoms subside! As we have discussed previously, rest beyond the first couple of days following a concussion can be detrimental to long term recovery. There can be many symptoms following a concussion that affect different systems. These symptoms can include: dizziness, lightheadedness, balance impairments, headache, neck pain, fatigue, blurry vision, nausea, and eye fatigue. A physical therapist with specialized training in concussion can evaluate these symptoms and develop a treatment plan to assist patients with a more timely recovery.
Concussions and sleep
Concussions and Sleep
I can’t fall asleep. I can’t stay asleep. I’m so tired all the time. I feel like a zombie.
Do any of these sound familiar? If so, you are not alone! Sleep disturbances are among the most common issues reported by patients following a concussion. Issues with sleep can include sleeping less than normal, sleeping more than normal, difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and of course, excessive fatigue. Research shows that sleep impairments following brain injury are associated with poorer overall recovery, cognitive impairment, and overall lower productivity (1,2).