A concussion can occur from a direct or indirect blow to the head. An individual does not have to lose consciousness or have positive brain imaging to be diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury or post-concussive syndrome. Most concussions will clear in 2-3 weeks, but about 10% of the population will suffer lingering effects of brain injury. These symptoms are often overlooked by health care providers and include fatigue, headaches, light/sound sensitivity, dizziness, visual changes, emotional deficits, and cognitive deficits.
Early identification of a brain injury can make a huge difference in the quality of life and management of individual care. Treatments include medical management of symptoms, vestibular therapy for retraining eye and balance systems, and physical therapy to address whiplash/pain-associated issues.
Cognitive therapy can be helpful for symptoms of memory loss, multi-tasking and planning difficulties. It is also common that one may need psychotherapy to help with emotional trauma and loss after a head injury. It is critical in one’s recovery to seek treatment with the right health care professionals who are up to date on current research and can help get you back to function. Here at ESP Sports Medicine, we work as a team to help our patients get the care they need, to get their lives back on track!
Mary Finck is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at ESP Sports Medicine who specializes in neuromuscular conditions including brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, and more. She has been a physical therapist for 10 years uses a variety of tools to improve function, including dry needling, muscle scraping, cupping, followed by motor control and functional exercises. Mary is proud to be part of an amazing team that includes, chiropractors, massage therapists, osteopaths, physician’s assistants, and anesthesiologists. This great network of providers allows her to get the best care for her patients to improve their quality of life.