What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused when the head is hit directly or shaken abruptly.
Does concussion only affect the brain?
What can cause a concussion?
The brain is protected under your skull. When the skull experiences trauma, the brain may collide and rub against the skull surface, causing itself to bruise and leading to a concussion. Concussions can happen at any age, in one of the following ways:
What does concussion feel like? How is it different from a mild trauma to the head?
Following physical, cognitive (mental) and emotional signs can help you decide if you or a loved one had a concussion and may help you differentiate it from the symptoms of a mild trauma to the head.
Headache, dizziness, blurred vision, increased sensitivity to light and sound, balance impairment
Cognitive (mental) Signs
Confusion, lack of concentration, foggy thinking, memory problems
Increased irritability, Anxiety, Depression, Aggressiveness, Mood swings
How does physiotherapy help in overcoming the symptoms?
A Physiotherapy can evaluate your symptoms and provide personally catered rehabilitation therapy to achieve the highest possible recovery. The rehabilitation involves:
Restoring strength and Endurance
Any treatment plan will contain some side effects, so yes, physiotherapy does have side effects. Physiotherapy is there to help you recover from any injuries or conditions you may have. The main side effects from physiotherapy are a little bit of pain, fatigue, tenderness, and muscle soreness. This is only because in order for us to help you feel better, we need to manipulate the joints or tissues affected and we also have to prescribe exercises to work on the affected parts of the body. Physiotherapy is highly effective in the majority of situations and can help you feel your best self. It is an important part of anyone’s recovery.
Return to sport or normal function
As the symptoms reduce, a physiotherapy will incorporate normal activities in your protocol. A PT will also help you understand how to avoid activities that put stress on your nervous system and prevent recurrence of symptoms. For an athlete, a structured rehabilitation will help him get back to his sport, by including a careful strengthening and conditioning regime.
How long do these symptoms last?
The symptoms may last from a few hours to a few months. If they last for more than 3 months, it is termed as Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS).
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