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Concussions

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A concussion is an injury that occurs from a blow to the head, face or neck. The force is transferred to the brain and may temporarily alter an individual's mental or physical abilities. Some individuals may lose consciousness with the event of a concussion, but many do not. Symptoms may appear immediately, or may not be noticed until days after.

Common concussion symptoms include:

  • Headache.
  • Light sensitivity.
  • Decreased memory.
  • Fatigue.
  • Difficulty with concentration.
  • Dizziness.
  • Noise sensitivity.

By utilizing a comprehensive healthcare team of physical therapists, we are able to provide care in the hopes of regaining a safe return to function, activity, sport and daily life. Our goal is to increase awareness of concussion injuries, as well as manage symptoms post-concussion. St. Francis Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine provides comprehensive care for individuals suffering from symptoms of post-concussion syndrome and caters to the individual's physical, emotional and cognitive needs.

Our program provides an integrative team approach. This team may include referring providers and physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and athletic trainers.

Physical therapists will help with symptoms including headache, decreased balance and decreased activity tolerance. Occupational therapists can intervene with symptoms involving changes with vision.

Our speech-language therapists work with patients to educate about concussions, including cognitive rest, energy management and symptom management. Speech-language therapists also work with school districts, employers and other individuals for recommendations and accommodations for returning to school and work. Cognitive skills are also targeted during sessions.

Our concussion program is appropriate for a variety of ages, whether the patient is a student athlete or a senior citizen.

We also offer ImPACT pre- and post-concussion testing to establish a patient's baseline readings in case of future concussion.