Concussion Management

If you suspect a concussion, please request
a free consult with us immediately

Proper diagnosis & management is critical for minimizing long-term complications like headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.

How Do Concussions Occur?

A concussion can occur with head trauma or when too much force is absorbed through the body, causing a jarring of the head.

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Falls

  • The leading cause of concussions
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During recreational activity

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Violent Events

  • Physical abuse or assult
  • Being too close to a blast or explosion
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Sports Related

  • Player-to-player
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Accidents within the home

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Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • Head impact
  • Whiplash
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Playground accidents

  • Falling from a slide or swing
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Workplace Injury

What are the Symptoms?

Many concussion symptoms are non-specific but if you look for these signs in combination with an injury to the head or where a lot of force was absorbed through the body, that may mean a concussion.

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Confusion or inability to focus

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Loss of Consciousness

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Coordination deficits

  • Balance impairment
  • Unsteadiness
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Disorientation or Dizziness

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Amnesia

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Cognitive disturbance

  • Slowed reaction times
  • Delayed verbal and motor response
  • Feeling foggy
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Fatigue

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Headache or Neck Pain

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Behavioral changes

  • Irritability
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Sleep/Wake Disturbance

Patients can be diagnosed with a concussion if there is a distinct mechanism of injury and at least one symptom that presents very close to the time of injury. Schedule a free consultation.

What is Concussion Management?

We take a patient through a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause(s) of their symptoms and get them started on an appropriate rehabilitation program to meet their specific needs.

Our treatment approach includes physical, emotional, and psychological assessments along with instruction for gradually increasing to prior activity levels at work or school. Dietary, sleep and lifestyle habits are also addressed. 

Symptoms of concussion typically resolve within 7-10 days but the brain is still recovering. Typical recovery takes between 22-45 days. During this window, it is critical to progress appropriately.

 

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Listen to Dr. Moccia’s radio segment on concussion here!

What is Concussion Management?

We take a patient through a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause(s) of their symptoms and get them started on an appropriate rehabilitation program to meet their specific needs. We also identify indicators where more imaging or medical intervention is need. Symptoms of concussion typically resolve within 7-10 days but the brain is still recovering. Typical recovery takes between 22-45 days. During this window, it is critical to progress appropriately. Our treatment approach is integrated including physical, emotional, psychological assessments along with instruction for gradually increasing to prior activity levels at work or school. Dietary, sleep and lifestyle habits are also addressed. 

 

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The first step toward recovery is to schedule an appointment with us.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is considered to be a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and a serious injury. It is an acceleration/ deceleration injury that causes a stretching and shearing of brain tissue. This neurometabolic cascade causes the brain to use up a lot of its energy source and creates an energy deficit that is at its greatest point around 5-7 days after injury. This is why many people suffering from concussion feel tired and foggy.

If you have experienced a head injury, seek medical help immediately.

What to do if you suspect a concussion?

Schedule a free consultation at Mettler Center or with your doctor as soon as possible. Whether it’s an acute concussion or a condition that has become chronic, we can help.

How soon after a concussion can you return to activity?

Symptom resolution does not mean that it is safe to return to play when it comes to athletes. Symptoms of a concussion typically resolve within 7-10 days but the brain is still recovering 22-45 days after a concussion. Re-injuries during this window are more serious and could be permanent, this is why proper management is so important.

Can a trained physical therapist determine if a concussion is present?

Yes, and they can immediately start treating the injury by guiding the patient through a safe and individualized recovery program because no two concussions are the same.

Concussion Management Physical Therapist

Be treated by a specialist.

Physical Therapist, Dr. Deanna Moccia, PT, DPT

Deanna Moccia, PT, DPT  is a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Call 217-398-9800 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a physical therapist.

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