Post Concussion Syndrome
Return to Play, Return to Life
Approximately 1.6-3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur in the U.S each year. Most of these injuries resolve with medical guidance and rest. Individuals whose symptoms do not resolve may have Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS). These symptoms may include dizziness, decreased concentration, vision issues, headache, balance problems, and increased anxiety & depression. The specific reasons for the persistence of symptoms in certain individuals are not clearly understood. One contributing factor may be impaired regulation of blood flow to the brain. Evidence exists that supports the role of exercise in helping to re-establish this regulation, with some exercise beginning as early as 2-3 days following the concussion (within medical guidelines).
PT360 offers the only comprehensive and research-based PCS program in Chittenden County. This program is designed for clients who continue to struggle with on-going symptoms. We offer a comprehensive evaluation that looks into 5 different symptom categories in order to design a detailed treatment plan that is specific to the areas that are most functionally disruptive. We use a collaborative approach with several community healthcare professionals to allow for a multi-specialty treatment plan to address the needs of our clients. The ultimate goal is to return the patient/athlete back to their previous level of daily function, work, and recreational activities in a safe and controlled manner.
Post-Concussion Program Guidelines include:
- Monitoring of Post Concussive Symptoms and how they affect daily functioning
- Comprehensive Evaluation including cognitive, vestibular, vision, balance, physical exertion, musculo-skeletal assessment, and symptom tracking
- In-depth patient education regarding a home program, executive functioning, daily planning, exercise tolerance, and referral to other health care specialists, specifically chiropractic, nutritionist, and neuro-opthomologist
- Development of an individualized program specific to function, work, and recreational needs