Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS)
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.
What is Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS)?
Post-Concussion Syndrome is set of various symptoms that persist for a period of time after a TBI. This time frame may range from weeks to months after the initial injury.
What to expect from Physical Therapy for Post Concussion Syndrome
Rest is the most appropriate way to allow your brain to recover from a concussion, including physically and mentally. Rest allows the brain to heal and helps symptoms clear up as quickly as possible. Recorvery from a concussion can range from a few hours to weeks and sometimes months.
The Hardest Hits
The annual national estimate of reported concussion rates in NCAA sports ranging from 2009-2014
College athletes suffered an average of 10,500 concussions for five years of which approximately 3,400 occurred in Football. American service members have suffered more than 320,000 brain injuries since 2000. It’s estimated that between 1.6 and 3.8 million recreation-related concussions occur annually nationwide.
Numbers reported in 2014
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What to expect from Initial Evaluation
- Discuss the patient’s functional limitations.
- Evaluate impairments including, but not limited to, pain, strength, ROM, and balance.
- Discuss the patients and the therapist’s goals for aquatic therapy.
- Discuss benefits of aquatic therapy
- Give patients instructions on getting to the pool, what to wear, etc.
- May also give the patient a few land-based exercises to do as a HEP, if the patient has a flexibility issue or a severe strength deficiency.