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What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the brain is shaken violently within the skull. This can happen when you have direct trauma (i.e. falling and hitting your head on the ground) or indirect trauma (i.e. whiplash).

As every concussion is considered serious, you should seek medical help immediately if you experience a head injury. 

Symptoms of a Concussion:

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Fatigue

  • Vomiting

  • Blurred vision

  • Slurred speech

  • Decreased ability to think or process thoughts

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Irritability






What Does a Physical Therapist Do To Treat Concussions?

Physical therapists and athletic trainers work with physicians to assess whether a concussion is present to treat the symptoms with a safe and individualized plan. Assessments may include tests to identify problems such as loss of muscle strength, coordination, balance, changes in sight, smell, hearing, and memory. A physical therapist will also assess your neck and the surrounding area, as these parts of the body are often injured at the same time the concussion occurs.


How Do You Treat Athletes With Concussions? 

Performance Physical Therapy uses the medically accepted "Return-To-Play Protocol" to give athletes a clear set of steps and guidelines to follow so they can effectively and safely recover from their concussion and decrease their chances of future concussions.

Diagram of a Concussion or Brain Injury

Physical Therapy For a Concussion or Suspected Concussion

If you suspect that you or your loved one may have a concussion, please call us at 401.726.7100 to schedule a free 15-minute consultation with a physical therapist. 

Learn More About Concussions 

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