Concussions

 

How Do I Tell if I Have a Concussion?

If you exhibit any the above signs or symptoms you should see your Primary Care Provider, or Physical Therapist who performs concussion screening immediately. Many of our clinics perform these screenings, please contact the clinic nearest you.

One of the challenges of diagnosing concussions is that symptoms can occur at different times. For some people, they appear instantly, but for others it can be hours or even days.

Symptoms also vary from person to person. There are a number of signs and symptoms to be aware of, including the following:

 
 

Physical

  • Headache
  • Balance Issues
  • Dizziness
  • Visual Disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Light and/or Noise Sensitivity
  • Head and Neck Pain
  • Nausea

Cognitive

  • Fogginess
  • Trouble Focusing and Concentrating
  • Memory Issues
  • Slow Response

Emotional

  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Moodiness

Sleep

  • Decreased Sleep
  • Increased Sleep
  • Difficulty Falling Asleep
  • Difficulty Staying Asleep

I Know I Have a Concussion. How Do I Manage It?

Though there has been an increase in awareness in recent years, 80% of Americans don’t know concussions are treatable, or the proper steps to follow after an injury is sustained.

In years past, rest, minimal exposure to light and sound, and limited physical exertion were recommended. But, did you know those guidelines were set as a result of a study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery in 1968?

Today, the guidelines, based off a April 2017 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, are totally different:

  • No bed rest or prolonged rest—return to gradual and progressive activity are encouraged.
  • Reading, texting, and screen time are allowed.
  • Return to school and cognitive challenges is encouraged.
  • ImPACT Testing is not predictive of return to sport or normal activity.

Free Screen on Us

We offer complimentary screens at all RET locations. If you’ve been dealing with a nagging injury or persistent pain, don’t wait any longer.

Why are RET’s Concussion Experts the Best First Choice?

We’re up on the research! This person should be prepared to treat more than the visible signs and symptoms, like headache or neck pain… you need someone that’s also prepared to evaluate the emotional, vestibular, visual, cognitive, and exertional aspects. There are many medical trainees who have not been properly educated on the identification and management of concussions.

At RET Physical Therapy, our expert Sports Certified Specialists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers are trusted by the area’s top neurologists to provide concussion management services. We use evidence-based training and the most up-to-date research to provide cutting-edge treatment and ease your worry.

Ready to improve your quality of life? Let us help you get back to where you want to be.

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Concussion Management: Learn about your options today.

Schedule an appointment or call us at 844-708-7982 to discuss more options.

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