Concussion Management: Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
Sensitivity to light/noise
Feeling slowed down
Answers questions slowly
Sleeping less than usual
Trouble falling asleep
Physical therapy for post concussion management
Physical therapy plays an important role in rehabilitation after sustaining a concussion. Treatment includes a gradual increase in activity while monitoring symptoms of a concussion as well as providing education to the patient, caregivers and other resources (school, coaches, peers) regarding concussion management. Treatment may also include a focus on additional injuries that may have occurred along with a concussion including but not limited to neck pain, back pain, dizziness and headaches.
Baseline Concussion Testing
The ImPACT test is a computerized test that measures areas of the brain function commonly affected by a concussion including: attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention, non-verbal problem solving, and reaction time.
ImPACT should be taken prior to your sport season and is appropriate for ages 12-59.
The baseline ImPACT test takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. An updated baseline should be completed every 2 years during adolescence.