Expert concussion therapy with peace-of-mind

Concussions can occur when the head strikes an object, the head is stuck by an object, or from an acceleration/deceleration such as a car accident. These injuries cause quick shifting of delicate brain tissue within the skull. It is important to note, you do not have to experience loss of consciousness for a serious head injury or concussion to occur. If you suspect you have had a concussion, ESP’s expert concussion team can help get you back to your prime and back to your life.

According to current concussion therapy research, nerve signals in the brain can be disrupted for up to 30 days after a single concussion. If additional concussions occur, there will be an increase in recovery time and symptoms can worsen. Often times, brain imaging does not show significant changes in the brain, but an individual may still have significant symptoms. Symptoms lasting 4 weeks after head trauma are classified as Post Concussion Syndrome. Two days of cognitive rest is recommended according to recent studies. When you consult our concussion therapy team, we will create a completely customized treatment plan that thoroughly assesses your current state, maps out your recovery goals, and kick-starts a route to get you there.

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Dr. Mary Finck, Doctor of Physical Therapy, physical therapist, vestibular and concussion therapist

Mary Finck
PT, DPT

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Omega Koch
PT, DPT

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Life-changing therapy that challenges expectations

A year ago I suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a bike crash. Although my symptoms were never severe, there was little to no improvement for months. Among other symptoms, I couldn’t work, had trouble driving, or even being in the car. I couldn’t grocery shop, read, and avoided social situations. I also had significant balance deficits. I first scheduled an appointment with Mary Finck for treatment of an ongoing hamstring issue. Running was about the only thing I was able to do, and I needed help to keep that up for my sanity. I showed up to that first appointment, and because of my TBI symptoms, I couldn’t even fill out the check-in paperwork.

Mary patiently went through everything with me and told me she could help with my hamstring, but more importantly, she could help me recover from the brain injury. And she has done both.

Over the last several months, Mary has challenged me with therapy, and she has encouraged me to keep pushing myself. Every week I see small improvements. She has been much more than a therapist. She has seen me cry, she has made me laugh, and she has given me hope that things will continue to get better. I can’t recommend her enough. Thank you Mary!

Kristin

VESTIBULAR THERAPY

Vestibular (inner ear) or visual dysfunction occurs in 90% of individuals with head trauma. Dr. Finck, DPT and Dr. Koch, DPT possess years of experience working with individuals with various brain diagnoses. Vestibular therapy is a special form of concussion therapy that helps alleviate dizziness, gaze instability, blurry vision, balance dysfunction, or difficulty with tracking due to vestibular dysfunction.

The brain learns to compensate and use other sensory systems to substitute for deficits, but this can impair the overall recovery process. 

Based on prominent studies and developments in the world of concussion therapy, it has been shown that healing occurs as the brain gets better at what it is asked to do. Each individual with a head injury or concussion is different, thus, it takes special assessment and patient-oriented approach to effectively make a difference.

These concussion therapy strategies can include habituation & adaptation exercises, gaze stabilization, balance training, and integrating functional vestibular issues.