Concussion and Balance

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that is usually the result of a blow to the head or violent shaking of the head and body. It may or may not involve a loss of consciousness. Concussions can be fatal or result in long term brain damage. If a concussion is suspected, you should seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of a concussion can include but are not limited to headaches, nausea or vomiting, blurry vision, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to noise and light, feeling tired, and balance problems. Most of the time, symptoms resolve on their own however, this is not always the case. These symptoms may need further testing or evaluation from professionals such as physical therapists. Your Physical Therapist can evaluate and treat post concussion symptoms such as dizziness and imbalance and create treatment programs specific to your individual needs. They can then monitor you as you safely and gradually resume your normal activities. In the athlete population, most individuals will need to go through what is referred to as a return to play protocol. Physical therapists will closely monitor patients as they gradually increase their level of activity in preparation for returning to their sport.

If you have not experienced a concussion but are having problems with your balance, a physical therapist can surely help. Your Physical Therapist will evaluate you by taking a thorough medical history, assess your strength, ROM, flexibility, and balance, and in some cases, determine if your symptoms are related to a problem with your vestibular system. The vestibular system is a sensory system that helps to control movement and balance. People with vestibular disorders can experience dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. No matter the cause of your balance problem, your physical therapist will create a program to get you feeling better, stronger, and more stable.

Please contact a SportsCare Physical Therapy location to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.