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Don’t Suffer Silently Through a Concussion

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  • Written By: Elliott Block, DO and David Patterson, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians, Concussion Program
Don’t Suffer Silently Through a Concussion

There is a common misconception that “nothing can be done to treat a concussion,” or that “only professional athletes get concussions.” Neither is true. In fact, people sometimes go years without a proper diagnosis.

It’s true that some concussions “self-resolve,” and the overall prognosis for concussion is favorable. While most symptoms resolve, even one concussion can cause long-term consequences. These can include vision issues, headaches, nausea, sleep disruption, and cognitive difficulties, to name a few. Concussions can make performing even the most mundane, everyday tasks seem difficult—let alone participating in the activities you love.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a concussion, or suspect you have one, and your symptoms won’t subside, it’s nothing you’ve done wrong. There is a significant variability among concussions and brain injuries—truly, no two are the same. So if you’re feeling like you should have recovered already but haven’t, stop suffering silently and get the help you need!

There are more options than ever before for specialized concussion care. Many healthcare providers offer ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) or other reliable diagnostics to identify and develop a treatment plan for concussions. Based on the results of such tests, you may be referred to any range of services or treatment modalities, including physical or occupational therapy to help with activities of daily living, neuro-optometry for vision issues, or neuropsychology for guidance through recovery.

Be sure to find a reputable program that uses validated diagnostics and rehabilitation techniques. Such service providers typically have clinicians on staff who possess specialty certifications in brain injury medicine, physiatry, neurologic rehabilitation, and more. There is also a range of specialized equipment to help patients with concussion regain function and independence, including balance machines, metronomes, and interactive touch-screen therapy devices.

No two brains—and therefore no two recoveries—are the same. It’s important to acknowledge that you are having symptoms of a concussion, and to understand that there are many effective ways to address this common condition. Don’t wait. You don’t have to “tough it out” after a head injury!

Overseen by board-certified physiatrists, the Concussion Program at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare is dedicated to empowering individuals whose quality of life has been negatively impacted by a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 909/596-7733, ext. 3800.