A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. A concussion causes metabolic changes in the brain, and this can result in difficulty performing everyday tasks without symptoms.
A concussion can include physical, emotional, and cognitive signs and symptoms. It is important to know that symptoms do not always arise right away, and an individual can feel better with rest and as they return to activities symptoms can become noticeable.
Signs and symptoms include headache, pressure in head, nausea and/or vomiting, dizziness, loss of balance, eye strain or pain, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, feeling foggy or sluggish, confusion, disorientation, memory and concentration problems, and mood and behavioral changes.
It is recommended to be seen as soon as possible after an injury. However, an individual can see a physical therapist at any point after a concussive event.
It is important to see a physical therapist who has advanced training in concussion management as well as significant experience with this population. This is particularly important if you have prolonged symptoms or complex medical history.
If you live in the greater Des Moines, IA area and have questions about concussion management or would like to learn more about how physical therapy services help you regain your health, happiness, and hope through movement, call 866-588-0230 or request an appointment.
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