Treat Your Concussions the Natural Way with Sports Therapy

Concussions are a serious concern for athletes, especially those competing in high-impact sports. It is a serious condition that can hinder both your physical and mental capabilities for a period of time. Concussions typically happen from a trauma-based impact, usually either from a sports injury or motor vehicle accident. While concussions can be painful and limiting, sports therapy and rehabilitation treatments can, fortunately, help provide healing and relief. If you are suffering from a concussion and you are looking for treatment, call our office today to speak with our experienced sports therapist.

Getting treated for your concussion:

In severe cases, concussions can result in brain bleeds that require emergency medical treatment. In cases such as this, your condition will be treated at the hospital ASAP. In milder cases, your concussion will be treated and cured over a period of time. No matter the severity, your doctor will likely conduct brain imaging and diagnostic tests to analyze the extent of the damage done to your brain during the impact. This will assist your doctor in prescribing your treatment.

While it used to be believed that exercise would create further damage to the concussion, recent studies have actually found the opposite to be true. Sports therapy and rehabilitation therapy treatments consisting of light exercises and other physical activities have proven to show a decrease in recovery time for patients suffering from concussions.

How did my concussion occur?

Concussions are a fairly common injury, but many people are unaware of exactly what happens when one gets a concussion. This injury is a result of an impact, in which the brain collides with the inside of the skull. This can be caused by a harsh blow to the head or any traumatic jolt to the body. Concussions can also be caused if a violent back-and-forth motion (such as whiplash) of the head takes place. When your head tosses in different directions rapidly (such as from a car crash or harsh football tackle), your brain gets tossed along inside it, bouncing off the bony enclosure of your skull. Concussions can result in a number of unfortunate symptoms, such as:

  • Ringing in the ears.
  • Sensitivity to light and sound.
  • Painful and chronic headaches/migraines.
  • Dizziness.
  • Visual abnormalities.
  • Memory loss and confusion.
  • Slurring of speech.
  • Inability to focus.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Fatigue.

How will sports therapy and rehabilitation relieve my concussion?

Your sports therapist will create a personalized treatment plan revolving around your specific needs for recovery and relief. He or she will determine what level of aerobic exercise you can sustain without your symptoms worsening. This will be analyzed through a thorough physical evaluation of your neck, vision, balance, and coordination. After your evaluation, your treatment plan will be created, keeping in mind the severity of your condition and any symptoms you may be experiencing. Depending on your condition, your sports therapist may recommend:

  • Light exercises. These can help relieve your headaches, in addition to restoring any lost coordination or visual focus.
  • Vestibular therapy. This will help stabilize your balance.
  • Return to light aerobic exercise. This will help in restoring any lost communications between your brain and body.
  • Massage therapy. This can also relieve headaches and stiffness by focusing on the problem areas (primarily the neck.)

Concussions are a serious matter, and our sports therapist is dedicated to helping you recover. They are highly treatable as long as you receive the right guidance and care. If you are suffering from a concussion, schedule a consultation with our sports therapist today. We’ll get you started on the first steps toward creating your treatment plan, and help you achieve your goals toward a safe and sensible return to activity!