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How Denver Physical Therapy Can Help After A Concussion


Concussions are one type of traumatic brain injury that are caused by a sudden blow or jolt to the head. Trauma occurs when the brain moves around in the skull, which can alter chemicals and kill brain cells. Learn more about living with a severe brain injury. There’s been a lot of talk about concussions in the news lately, specifically the long-term effects of this devastating injury. But despite all of the attention placed on concussions, many people are still unaware that Denver physical therapy can play a role in recovery from this injury. Here’s how:

Vestibular Physical Therapy
People often suffer from dizziness and loss of coordination after a concussion. If your symptoms are severe, a physical therapist may be able to help with vestibular physical therapy. Each patient will receive a customized program based on his or her needs. The vestibular physical therapy program will be designed to improve balance, reduce falls, and alleviate dizziness.

Regain Strength
It may take weeks or months for you to return to your normal activities following a concussion. But, after so much time has passed, it may be difficult for you to jump back into your favorite sport or physical activity. Luckily, a physical therapist can help prepare your body before you begin the activity to prevent further injuries. If you choose to participate in physical activity without consulting with a physical therapist, there’s a chance you could overload your brain and prevent healing, which will make your symptoms return or worsen.

Help With Headaches
Many people who have sustained concussions suffer from headaches in the weeks or months following the injury. Some headaches are minor, but others are so debilitating that it can be difficult to live a normal life. If you are experiencing headaches because of a concussion, speak to a physical therapist. A physical therapist can examine your condition and try to determine what is causing your headaches. The cause of your headaches could be treatable using massages, regular stretches, eye exercises, or a customized exercise program.

Education
A physical therapist can provide you with helpful information regarding your recovery. For example, you may be eager to get up and moving after a concussion, but a physical therapist can help you understand why it’s important to get adequate rest and avoid high impact sports during your recovery. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to taking care of yourself after a serious injury.

Prevention
A physical therapist can help you protect yourself in the future so you don’t suffer from another concussion. If you sustained a concussion in a sports game, a therapist can inspect your equipment and style of play. Then, a physical therapist will offer suggestions on how you can protect yourself in the future. For example, he or she may recommend that you wear a different helmet that offers more protection.

At Cherry Creek Wellness Center, we are devoted to helping our patients treat pain and stay healthy. Are you interested in learning more about our services?  Contact us today by calling 303-333-3493 to talk to a member of our helpful staff!