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Visual Deficits After Concussion

There are at least thirty different areas of the brain that connect visual function, memory and processing. Often visual function issues are unidentified following a brain injury. If you are experiencing visual disturbances, it is important to have someone check your eyes. These disturbances include black spots, flashing lights, double vision, floaters, bouncing vision, or severe eye pain.

Our vestibular therapists have extensive training with head trauma to assess visual and vestibular function. First, we screen for positional vertigo, test balance function, and do a neck screen. Next, we test visual reflexes, that give us insight to where neurons have been disrupted. Finally, based on the results, we will provide treatment and a comprehensive home exercise program which will retrain your brain. In many cases the patient does not tolerate exercise well because it is given in excess. Therefore, our therapists prescribe gentle exercises and increase activity as you heal. This exceptional attention to detail allows us to steer your recovery in the right direction.

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

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 and uses a variety of tools to improve function. These tools include dry needling, muscle scraping, and vacuum cupping. She also uses function and motor control exercises. Mary is proud to be part of an amazing team of chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, and new age medical doctors. This network of providers allows her to get the best care for her patients to improve their quality of life.