CONCUSSION  MANAGEMENT

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?

A concussion is a change in the brain function that occurs after a person is hit on the head, face, or neck, or their head or upper body is shaken violently.  Often, people pass out (lose consciousness), but not always.  Common causes of concussions include sports injuries, car accidents, falls, and assaults.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION?

Symptoms of a concussion can vary widely from individual to individual.  The time of onset of symptoms can vary.  Some symptoms will be immediate, yet others may take hours or even days.  Symptoms include:

Memory loss

Headache

Dizziness or trouble with balance

Nausea

Feeling sleepy, sleeping a lot, or not sleeping well

Confusion, crankiness, strange behavior, or not feeling like yourself

Feeling in a fog, dazed, or out of sync

 

CONCUSSION RED FLAG WARNINGS

 

If you do have any of these signs or symptoms, seek immediate medical attention!

Unequal pupil size

Are drowsy or cannot be awakened

Headache with increasing intensity

Any weakness or numbness

Repeated vomiting

Convulsions or seizures

Slurred speech

Increasing confusion, restlessness or agitation

Loss of consciousness (even if for a brief amount of time)

Suspected cervical spine injury

HOW LONG WILL SYMPTOMS LAST?

Most symptoms of a concussion will resolve in 7-14 days.  However, this is not always the case.   In some people, symptoms may linger and we call this “Post Concussion Syndrome”.  It is especially important if you are experiencing “Post Concussion Syndrome” that you receive a program of supervised rehabilitation.

If you have had a history of multiple concussions, or prior conditions such as migraine, anxiety/depression, ADHD, or neck strain, it may take many months, with some residual symptoms such as headaches, mood and sleep disturbances lasting even longer.  Most of these symptoms are treatable and will respond to the right type of therapy.

HOW WILL PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP?

Studies have shown that a proper rehabilitation program can help reduce the length of time that symptoms last and help to speed return to previous activity levels.  The therapists at CTS are trained to identify sub-types of concussion and treat them accordingly. 

Sub-types of concussion:

Cognitive

Ocular-motor

Headache/migraine

Vestibular

Anxiety/mood

Sleep disturbance

Cervical

No two concussions are alike and therefore each patient will have an individualized treatment plan to address their specific issues.

At CTS we perform a comprehensive concussion evaluation which includes the following:

Clinical interview

Computerized Neurocognitive Testing

Vestibular-Ocular Screening

Computerized Digital Posturography

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RETURN TO PLAY?

 

It is impossible to know how long recovery from a concussion will take.  But we have sophisticated equipment that can help us to determine how your brain is functioning.  With this information, we can guide you back in the safest manner, as quickly as possible, to your previous activity level.

If you have had a baseline concussion screening with us we will compare pre- and post-concussion information.

 

Even if you have not received a baseline evaluation with CTS, come in because we can still help you.

 

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CONCUSSION SCREENING

 

In a typical year, there are around 3 million sports-related concussions. More than half of these concussions occur in children—often when playing organized sports. Around 300,000 are football related, with girls’ soccer and basketball the next most common sports for concussions. Twenty percent of high school athletes playing contact sports will suffer a concussion this year.

 

At CTS, we specialize in using cutting edge technology and perform a comprehensive evaluation to help you determine if a concussive event had occurred. We can provide data to further define diagnoses and are at the forefront of therapies to help you recover from concussions. Our data also allows you to substantiate when it is safe and appropriate to return to normal activities and sports in particular.

CONCUSSION BASELINE TESTING

 

The best way to determine how your brain is functioning is to gather information before an incident occurs. If we have this information we can determine when you have completely recovered from a concussion and this is extremely valuable in your rehabilitation and return to play. Because of this, baseline testing is performed at all schools when any child is performing a sport with high head injury potential, such as football, lacrosse, and soccer.

AFTER YOU HAVE SUFFERED A CONCUSSION

If you are unlucky enough to suffer a concussion, we will see you to repeat the tests within 72 hours after your injury. Your post-concussion results can then be compared to your pre-season baseline information and we will be able to determine your brain’s functioning after the impact. It is valuable information to guide us in the management of your concussion and will provide you with the safest and quickest return-to-play!

CONCUSSION BASELINE TESTING

 

 $60.00

CONCUSSION BASELINE TESTING

  including repeat 72 hour post incident test

 

$90.00

We offer discounted group packages!

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