Concussion

Headaches are one of the most common reasons that people see their primary care physician and they account for 20% of outpatient visits to neurologists.

People with chronic (or persistent) headaches report disabling symptoms that interfere with daily activities. Multiple concussions only increase these risks. And with so much conflicting data available on the internet, it can be tough to know how to manage a concussion should you suffer from one.

According to Blue Cross Blue Shield’s 2016 Health of America Report on concussions, the incidence of concussions among adolescents between the ages of 10-19 rose a staggering 71 percent between 2010 and 2015. For girls, the incidence spiked 119 percent during that time, though almost twice as many concussions were diagnosed in boys. Sports related concussions in adolescents account for 30% of concussions. The other 70% are a result of falls, traffic accidents, or being struck or hit.

How do I tell if I have a concussion?

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 Pappas PT locations. If you’ve been dealing with a nagging injury or persistent pain, don’t wait any longer.

Why are Pappas' 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 Pappas, 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.

A few weeks of commitment can mean a future free from pain. What's holding you back?

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