Dealing with a concussion?
Get back to your regular routine without dizziness or worrying about falls.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.
Medical providers may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, the effects of a concussion can be serious. If you experience dizziness or neck pain with your concussion symptoms, you should be evaluated by a physical therapist WITHIN 3 DAYS.
A concussion can have many signs and symptoms. They will vary by individual and by case.
It’s easy to think your dizziness, or headache, or eye strain will go away on its own. But if you’re living with these symptoms, it can limit every aspect of your daily life.
Maybe you are confused because you’ve been told different things, by different people. Or you haven’t returned to playing your sport after a concussion because you still have symptoms that creep up when you do.
What Can I Do To Get Rid Of My Symptoms Quickly?
Here are four things you can do:
1. You need to make a decision about getting help. Many people rest for weeks, hoping that the symptoms will go away with time but then time goes by and they’re still putting up with it. Make the change today.
2. Do the RIGHT exercises. Research supports that appropriate evaluation of your symptoms, with consistent completion of appropriate exercises, will minimize your symptoms. Exercises prescribed to you by a Physical Therapist will help reduce dizziness, improve balance, decrease headache, minimize eye strain and allow you to get back to the activities that are important to you.
3. Get a good night sleep - Anxiety, pain, too much caffeine, stress can all lead to sleeplessness and in turn increased symptoms. Take time to wind down before bedtime, making sure your bedroom is quiet, calm and not too hot or cold, and making it strictly off limits for your phone, tablet or laptop.
4. Get real, hands-on Physical Therapy. PT is proven to help people with concussion symptoms. If your symptoms are affecting your life, if it keeps you from staying active, and gets in the way of spending quality time with family and friends – Physical Therapy can help get you back to living the life you deserve as quickly as possible.
How Can Choosing to See a Physical Therapist at LGOST Help You Get Rid of Your Dizziness?
Even athletes who said they had ‘recovered’ within minutes of a concussion still showed abnormalities on cognitive tests 36 hours later. There is evidence that no youth athlete “recovers” on the same day of injury. This is why it is so important to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of concussion, and progress returning to activities in a graded, safe manner. There’s obviously so much you can do to help yourself too, and I could go much more in-depth on ways to minimize your symptoms. If you are unable to progress back to your normal activities or sports, please seek the advice of a physical therapist or healthcare provider as we can assess the potential underlying causes.
We are happy to share more tips and advice on how to restore your active and healthy lifestyle and would love to share with you how Physical Therapy can make a huge difference in your life. I hope this is the beginning of a great, long-term relationship where the LGOST Team can become the source of leading-edge health advice for you and make a real difference to your life.
If you would like to know how Physical Therapy at LGOST can help you live with less pain, we invite you to start with a completely free, no-obligation, risk-free phone call to learn more. Also, be sure to request our free pain management report by entering your email address above. These materials are something we offer to people who may be unsure of the benefits of physical therapy or if it is right for them. If this sounds like you, please start with our free phone call and request an informational packet- without any financial risk on your part.
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