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Concussion Clinic - Rehab Following Concussion

Rehabilitation following your concussion

Following your concussion, you will be instructed to take it easy and rest for 1-2 days. Following this rest time, you will be evaluated by the concussion clinic and may be referred to physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech and language pathology for the following types of symptoms:

Physical therapy

  • Neck pain
  • Sensitivity to movement/dizziness
  • Poor balance, falling/clumsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Headache Management
  • Helping to return to full sports participation

Occupational therapy

  • Visual changes
    • Difficulty reading that includes: increased headache/eye strain, difficulty following a line
    • Difficulty looking between two points
    • Blurry or double vision
    • Letters or words missing during schoolwork
  • Sensory changes
    • Vestibular difficulties- often reported by patients as feeling lightheaded or dizzy with position changes
    • Sensitivity to light and/or sound
    • Difficulty concentrating or poor attention
    • Emotional/behavioral dysregulation

Speech-language therapy

Speech-language therapy may be recommended following your concussion for the following types of symptoms:

  • Difficulty understanding conversations or instructions, including homework
  • Difficulty recalling information (i.e. names, dates, or directions)
  • Difficulty attending to more than one task, or reported difficulty when attempting to complete more than one thing, or when working in a distracting environment.
  • Difficulty with memory (e.g. forgetting to do things like homework and chores)
  • Thinking is more ‘effortful’, and/or patient appears to be slower in responding to verbal and/or written information

Reviewed 3/2024

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