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  • E-Young Khoo

Concussion: It’s not just in your head. How Physiotherapy can help you recover.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the brain is jolted or shaken inside the skull. Concussions are common in contact sports like football, soccer, and hockey, but they can also occur from falls, car accidents, or other types of trauma. While most people recover fully from a concussion within a few weeks, some individuals may experience lingering symptoms that can impact their quality of life.

Physiotherapy can be a helpful treatment option for people who have suffered a concussion. Our physiotherapists are trained to evaluate and diagnose musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, and to develop individualised treatment plans to help patients manage their symptoms, improve their mobility and function, and prevent future injuries.

Here are some ways that physiotherapy can be used to treat concussion:

  1. Vestibular rehabilitation: The vestibular system is responsible for our sense of balance and spatial orientation. After a concussion, it is common to experience dizziness, vertigo, and difficulty with balance. Vestibular rehabilitation can help to improve these symptoms through specific exercises that target the vestibular system.

  2. Ocular-motor rehabilitation: The visual system can also be affected by a concussion. Some people may experience blurred vision, difficulty with eye movements, or trouble focusing. Ocular-motor rehabilitation can help to improve these symptoms through exercises that target eye movements and coordination.

  3. Manual therapy: Manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilisation, soft tissue massage, and stretching can help to improve joint and muscle mobility, reduce pain, and increase range of motion.

  4. Exercise therapy: Exercise can help to improve cardiovascular fitness, reduce stress, and improve mood. Specific exercises can also help to strengthen weak muscles, improve posture, and restore normal movement patterns.

  5. Education and advice: Our physiotherapists can educate patients on proper body mechanics and posture, and provide advice on how to modify daily activities to avoid exacerbating symptoms. They can also help patients develop strategies for managing their symptoms, such as pacing their activities and using ergonomic equipment.

It is important to note that every patient is unique, and the most effective physiotherapy treatment plan will depend on the specific type and severity of concussion, as well as the patient's individual needs and goals. Our physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment and work with the patient to develop a personalised treatment plan.

Physiotherapy can be a helpful treatment option for people who have suffered a concussion. By addressing the underlying neurological and musculoskeletal effects of the concussion and using a combination of vestibular and ocular-motor rehabilitation, manual therapy, exercise therapy, education, and advice, our physiotherapists can help patients manage their symptoms, improve their function and mobility, and prevent future injuries. If you have suffered a concussion, consult with your healthcare provider to determine if physiotherapy may be an appropriate treatment option for you. Book in a consult today and start your journey to recovery.

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