We've helped countless people recover from concussions. Here are some of the most common questions that we get on this topic.
Q: When should I start physical therapy after sustaining a concussion?
A: ASAP! Implementing healing strategies and providing symptom relief can be done immediately after a concussion. Research suggests starting care within 7 days of injury reduces recovery by a mean of 20 days when compared to those starting care 2-3 weeks after injury.
Q: What can a physical therapist do to help me recover from a concussion?
A: A LOT! Nearly all concussions are associated with neck pain and whiplash. Physical therapists are experts in treating musculoskeletal ailments. Some of our treatment strategies could include neuromuscular activation, proprioception work, visual processing, vestibular rehabilitation, strength training, return to exercise, activity modification, nutrition, balance training, and sensory integration.
Q: It’s been a long time since my concussion, can physical therapy still help me?
A: YES! The brain and body are always capable of healing and remodeling. Progress can be made weeks, months, years, or even decades following a concussion injury.
Q: Other than a physical therapist, who else can help me recover from a concussion?
A: A multi-disciplinary approach is always best. Finding the right providers based on your individual needs and goals. Besides PT, other concussion team members could include a neurologist, primary care physician, neuro-optometrist, psychiatrist or psychologist, speech therapist, cognitive therapist, massage therapist, acupuncturist, and nutritionist.
Q: How do I know what type of physical therapist to see?
A: A physical therapist with additional training and education in concussion is essential. Look for a “Concussion Certified” physical therapist. Additional training in manual therapy and trigger point dry needling is also a huge plus.
Q: How do I know how much I should push myself, in terms of exercise and physical activity?
A: The Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test (BCTT) is an objective test that measures heart rate and exertion; it helps guide exercise load and progression to ensure a speedy, but safe recovery.
Q: I’ve had a concussion, how do I make an appointment and get started?
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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are based on the opinion of the author, unless otherwise noted, and should not be taken as personal medical advice. The information provided is intended to help readers make their own informed health and wellness decisions.