Our Approach to Concussion Therapy

Concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), can occur from a strike to the head or whiplash. These injuries cause quick shifting of delicate brain tissue within the skull. According to current concussion therapy research, several concussions heal on their own within 10 days but nerve signals in the brain can be disrupted for up to 30 days after a single concussion. If additional concussions occur there can be an increase in recovery time and symptoms can worsen. Each concussion is unique.

Many people do not lose consciousness and often the brain injury does not show up on an MRI but significant symptoms can still exist. Symptoms lasting 4 weeks after a head trauma are classified as post-concussion syndrome. For these individuals, 2 days of cognitive and physical rest followed by concussion therapy is strongly advised.

Concussion therapy uses brain strategies, provided by a concussion specialist, that helps the brain build new neural pathways. Our concussion clinic experts create a completely customized treatment plan that thoroughly assesses your current state, maps out your recovery process and goals, and kick-starts a route to healing the brain.

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Concussion therapy in our office usually consists of two therapies. Vestibular therapy focuses on the inner ear, visual dysfunctions, and balance. This therapy can be performed by a physical therapist or an occupational therapist with proper training. Cognitive therapy focuses on processing issues, forgetfulness, executive functioning, emotions, and concentration. This type of therapy is performed by an occupational therapist. Our occupational therapist, Camma Love, is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist with extensive experience with neurological conditions.

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    Concussion Therapy FAQ

    How To Know If You Have A Concussion?

    A concussion might be suspected if you’ve hit your head or been in a car accident and have the following symptoms: headache, fatigue, poor balance,dizziness, amnesia, disorientation, mental confusion, sleep disturbances, sleepiness, nausea, vomiting, irritability, mild depression, ringing in the ears, or sensitivity to light and/or sound.

    How Long Do Concussion Symptoms Last?

    In many people concussion symptoms go away within 1-3 months. However, sometimes they can persist for a year or more, especially if the patient has had a previous concussion.

    What Are The Signs Of A Concussion?

    Signs of concussion include: headache, nausea, vomiting, balance problems, dizziness, double and/or blurry vision, light and/or sound sensitivity, brain fog, sleepiness, confusion, concentration and/or memory issues, mild depression, and just not ‘feeling right’.

    What To Do When You Have A Concussion?

    Concussion does not have a specific cure. However, there are things you can do to manage symptoms and rewire the brain. Generally, someone with a concussion should limit activities such as sports, screen time (ex. TV, video games, phones, computers…), and socializing. They should also seek immediate help from a vestibular therapist, cognitive therapist, concussion doctor, physiatrist, or neurologist and most of the time seeking treatment from all of the above is best. The most important thing is to seek help early to start the healing process ASAP. Occasionally, anti-nausea and/or sleep medications can be used to treat symptoms related to nausea and/or sleep.

    What are Common Symptoms of a Concussion

    Symptoms That May Indicate The Need For Concussion Therapy may include:

    • Vomiting
    • Arm and/or Leg Weakness
    • Seizures
    • Loss of Consciousness
    • Confused and/or Slurred Speech
    • Memory and/or Cognitive Changes
    • Dizziness and/or Balance Changes
    • Blurry and/or Double Vision
    • Difficulty Reading and/or Tracking
    • Increased Levels of Fatigue
    • Light and/or Sound Sensitivity
    • Unclear and/or Slow Thinking
    • Difficulty Concentrating
    • Emotional Issues/irritablity
    • Disturbed and/or Loss of Sleep
    • Hormonal Changes

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    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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    A concussion or brain injury is an ‘invisible injury’ which requires a support system of therapists, doctors, and family members to overcome. Our vestibular and cognitive therapists have been helping those suffering from concussions for years and have the experience as well as the talent needed to get you back to life. They are compassionate to those suffering from concussions and understanding towards the family of those who may be concussed. They not only treat concussions, they also teach about concussions to give their patients the best chance at being understood at home, in the workplace, and at school. If you or a loved one has suffered from a concussion or think you may be suffering from a concussion do not hesitate to reach out to our office today.

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    Lafayette, CO 80026
    Phone: 1 (720) 509-9633

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