Testify's certified athletic therapists are committed to providing evidence based musculoskeletal reconditioning and treatment. No matter the strategy in place our goal is not to return you to the level of function when you began treatment, but to exceed that level of function so there is no further risk of injury.
Recovering from a concussion can be difficult and frustrating at times. Shift Providers understand that each person is affected differently and as such, requires individualized care. Management strategies are used to limit the amount of impairment as well as expedite recovery as much as possible.
These strategies may include any one of a combination of the following and are case-dependent:
- Education around the injury, individualized strategies for rest and recovery
- Specific recommendations around employment/academic demands
- Manual/Physical therapy for associated complaints (neck, whiplash)
- Vestibular and ocular rehabilitation for dizziness, motion sensitivity, balance disorders, and visual complaints
- Physical exertion testing and exercise plans for return to sport or an active lifestyle
Most Concussions resolve within a short time-frame but some may persist up to a month or longer. A small percentage of individuals may go on to experience Post Concussion Syndrome - a term used to describe the persistence of concussion-related symptoms beyond the expected recovery time-frame. It is normal to feel frustrated, sad or angry during your recovery because you cannot return to sports, work or academic activities.
Combination of vestibular and ocular rehabilitation methods
- Vestibular and visual systems are heavily integrated.
- Closely resembles traditional vestibular therapy but further emphasizes the need to also address concomitant ocular dysfunction that typically arises after mTBI.
- Designed to treat persistent symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, imbalance, gaze instability, motion sensitivity and poor eye movement control post-concussion.
- Central nervous system is plastic - the body can recalibrate to compensate for unmatched signals and poor sensory integration.
- Vestibular-occular rehabilitation methods taught during therapy are not meant to replace the need for Optometric consult or Optometric Vision Therapy.
Collaboration and co-management is key to successful outcomes**. Rehabilitation professionals are in a unique position to offer physical rehabilitation strategies targeting sensory integration of proprioception, vestibular, and visual systems. However, this therapy can be made more effective when working with an eye care professional.