Physical Therapy for Concussions in Kansas City

Concussion Management in Kansas City

Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that affect the way your brain functions. The effects are often temporary but can lead to lasting issues if not dealt with properly. Concussions are usually caused by a blow to the head or violent shaking of the head and upper body. The brain is cushioned by spinal fluid inside of the skull to help protect it from trauma. When a concussion occurs, it can jolt the brain and cause excessive movement or friction. A concussion can affect memory, judgement, reflexes, speech, balance and muscle coordination. Every concussion is a serious injury and seeking prompt medical attention is advised.

Post-concussive syndrome (PCS) is a set of symptoms that remain for weeks, months, or even up to a year after a concussion has occurred. PCS is a condition that needs to be monitored during the rehabilitation process, especially once the patient has returned to sport. Consult with your healthcare provider or physical therapist if you suspect you have PCS.

Concussion Symptoms

Symptoms of a concussion
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • A foggy feeling or not feeling like yourself
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Difficulty concentrating
Consult a doctor if the following occurs:
  • Seizure
  • Inability to wake up
  • Headache that gets worse or does not go away
  • Uncontrollable vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness

Treatments for Concussions

F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic provides physical therapy for concussions by first performing a thorough interview and evaluation to understand the symptoms you are experiencing. Our physical therapists will conduct testing in categories such as vision, muscle strength, coordination, reflexes, hearing, smell, and memory. We will also examine the musculoskeletal system, especially the cervical spine due to a high risk of injury to the spine associated with a concussion.

Our Treatment Process

Treatment for a concussion begins with an exam by your healthcare provider regarding the severity of your symptoms. Each concussion is different and no two are alike, so each treatment will be unique. Your healthcare provider may order imaging such as a CT scan to see more details of the concussion, or if internal bleeding has occurred. During the exam, they will check vision, balance, coordination and reflexes and possibly memory and thinking. Once the exam is complete, a rehabilitation protocol will be implemented.

Rest and recovery
Strength training
Oculo-motor training
Reflex and reaction training
Vestibular (balance and dizziness) re-education
Headache management
Return to sport protocol

Possible Treatments for Concussions

Active Release Technique

physical therapy as part of your normal routine

Rehabilitation Exercises

Concussion Management

Are you suffering from a Concussion?

Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.

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Meet the team at any of our 10 locations: Lee’s Summit, Liberty, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Leawood, Paola, Olathe, Overland Park, Kansas City & Shawnee.

Contact 1800 Wyandotte #201 Kansas City, MO 64108 22120 Midland Dr. Shawnee, KS 66223 15040 Newton Lane Overland Park, KS 66223 401 NW Murray Rd Lee's Summit, MO 64081 9120 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS 66212 2113 E. Kansas City Rd Olathe, KS 66061 1860 N. Church Rd. Suite B. Liberty, MO 64068 505 S Hospital Dr. Paola, KS 66071 11340 Nall Ave Suite 200B Overland Park, KS 66211 121 N. Dean Ave Raymore, MO 64083