What can I expect from an initial concussion physical therapy session?

concussion physical therapy

According to the latest stats, between 1.7 and 3 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur each year. The side effects of these concussions can last for 10 to 14 days for adults and up to four weeks for kids. However, seeking physical therapy for concussion treatment can help reduce your recovery time and minimize the lasting side effects of severe concussions, such as balance issues and vision impairment. 

If you or your child has suffered from a concussion recently, you should schedule an appointment with a physical therapist. If you are in a direct access state, such as Kansas, you do not need a referral from a physician to see a physical therapist. You can schedule an appointment directly, and speed up your recovery process.

What to expect during your initial concussion physical therapy appointment

The first thing you should expect is a series of diagnostic tests performed by your physical therapist. These tests will help confirm the concussion, as well as determine the extent and severity of symptoms associated with head injuries. For example, are you having balance issues, neck tenderness or chronic headaches? This information will help determine the specific types of concussion physical therapy that will be used in your recovery process. 

The three main types of diagnostics tests include:

  • A neurological exam A physical therapist will check your vision, hearing, strength, balance, coordination and reflexes to determine the severity of the concussion.
  • A cognitive test During this test, you may be asked questions to determine any memory loss or difficulty concentrating.
  • CT scan or MRI An imaging scan will help determine the damage and severity of the concussion.

Once your physical therapist has this information, he or she can work with you to put together a comprehensive physical therapy plan for your concussion treatment.

Physical therapy treatment for a concussion

There are many types of concussion physical therapy treatments available, but the most common include:

If you or your child has suffered from a concussion, it’s time to take the next step toward recovery. Contact our team at SSOR Physical Therapy to schedule a free screening to find out if physical therapy is the right option for concussion treatment. Contact us today.