Concussion Rehab Specialist

ADI Rehab

Physical Therapists located in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that may have lasting effects on your ability to fully function. The exceptionally trained physical therapists at ADI Rehab in Westwood and Los Angeles, California, provide top-notch concussion rehab therapies and services to patients of all ages. Call or schedule a consultation online to access the latest, most effective rehabilitation treatment options.

Concussion Rehab Q & A

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What is a concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic injury to your head that could cause serious long-term effects on your brain. It can injure brain tissue and change the chemical balance within your brain. If you or a family member experiences a head injury as a result of an accident or sport, seek immediate medical attention.

Concussions commonly occur when your brain is violently shaken during a rapid movement, such as whiplash, or a direct hit to your head. Less than 10% of those who have a concussion lose consciousness. However, even if you don’t lose consciousness, you may still experience the effects of a concussion.

After a concussion, you may have both temporary and permanent changes in brain function and in your overall health and physical capabilities. 

How long is the recovery from a concussion?

Recovery from a concussion can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, or sometimes even years, depending on the severity of your injuries and your age. Because a concussion often occurs in combination with injuries to the neck and the surrounding muscles and tissues, an experienced physical therapist is an asset to your recovery process. 

How does physical therapy help with concussion rehab?

Physical therapists are highly trained in a variety of noninvasive, gentle modalities that help relieve stress and tension on your neck muscles after a concussion. Additionally, they provide techniques for pain relief, pain management, and physical coordination, if necessary.

Along with an examination of your head and neck, your physical therapist asks questions about your pain, including intensity, location, and also to determine if the injury has affected your cognitive abilities. Once they’ve carefully evaluated your systems, including neurological, orthopedic, and cardiovascular, they can treat many of your symptoms effectively.

Because no two concussions are alike, your physical therapist may prescribe any of the following treatment options:

  • Rest or limiting certain activities like sports or electronic use so your brain can recover
  • Regaining strength and physical endurance with therapeutic exercises
  • Decreasing dizziness or improving balance through exercise
  • Reducing headache pain through hands-on techniques such as massage therapy or electrical stimulation
  • Helping you return to daily activities as you heal
  • Dietary changes to help avoid foods that cause inflammation

 

Call or schedule a consultation online at ADI Rehab’s Westwood or Los Angeles locations to learn more about recovering from a traumatic brain injury with concussion rehabilitation.

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