Concussions | Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Denver

Concussions | Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Denver

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Hi I’m Heather, physical therapist and Director of Therapy at
Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Denver. October is National Physical Therapy Month, and today I’d like to talk to you about traumatic brain injury, specifically, concussion. A concussion is a type of TBI caused by a
bump, a blow, or a jolt to the head, or by a hit to the body that causes the head and
brain to move back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to
bounce around or twist in the skull, which can create chemical changes in the brain, and can also stretch and damage brain cells. After someone has had a concussion, he or
she may appear dazed or stunned, may move clumsily, answer questions slowly, lose consciousness, even briefly, and may show mood or personality changes. After a concussion, someone may complain of
a headache or pressure in the head, have nausea and vomiting, have balance problems or dizziness, be sensitive to light and noise, and may have problems with concentration and memory. Each concussion is unique, and recovery should be customized to fit each person’s specific symptoms. Some things that may help you during recovery
of a concussion are to rest, limit screen time and outside stimuli, participate in relaxing activities, and to get plenty of sleep. Most people with concussion feel better within
a few weeks, but for some, symptoms can last longer. At Vibra Rehab Hospital of Denver, our rehab team is trained
in treating post-concussive disorders and can help you to reduce your
symptoms, maintain your independence, and return to your normal routine.

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