Enjoying summer activities? Make sure you’re protecting your head.
Sports and activities with a risk of head contact can cause concussions. So can everyday falls, collisions, and other accidents at home or work.
Physical therapist Chris Myatt, DPT, MS talks about recognizing – and treating – concussions.
If you hit your head and lose consciousness, or you suspect you might have a concussion, see your health care provider and review your symptoms together, including:
- mental fatigue
- memory impairment
- changes in vision
- neck pain
Your health care provider will diagnose a concussion based on your symptoms, and how you injured your head.
For most people, concussion symptoms will resolve within 7-10 days, if you follow activity modifications under the guidance of a physician. Your doctor may recommend:
- limited physical activity
- mental rest
- avoidance of computer and TV screens
If symptoms persist longer than three weeks, you likely would benefit from physical therapy – especially if you have a history of concussions, which typically prolongs recovery.
Physical therapy treatment for concussion involves a combination of balance and vision exercises, often combined with neck exercises that address the whiplash nature of many concussions. Many people experience significant improvements in post-concussion symptoms with a few weeks of treatment. A physical therapist can help you feel better and get back up to speed quickly.
To make an appointment, call Rehabilitation Services in Northfield at 507-646-8800 and in Lakeville at 952-985-2020.