The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1.6 million to 3.8 million people experience concussions during sports and recreational activities annually in the United States. These numbers may be underestimated, as many cases are likely never reported.
Concussions can occur at any age, from a variety of causes, including:
- Motor vehicle collisions (ie, head impact, whiplash)
- Work accidents (ie, falls, head trauma)
- Playground accidents (ie, falling from a slide or swing)
- Sports injury to the head or neck
- Falls (which are the leading cause of concussions)
- Violent events, such as:
- Physical abuse during which the head is shaken
- Being too close to a blast or explosion
- Direct blow to the head, face, or neck
- Assaults, domestic violence
A physical therapist can assist with recovering from the symptoms of a concussion utilizing Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy.
(Information retrieved and utilized from moveforwardpt.com)
What is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy?
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is a specialized form of treatment for conditions and disorders that affect balance. The vestibular system is a small sensory system located in the inner ear that coordinates movement and balance. That small, but precise system is why we don't experience dizziness when checking our blind spot in the car, or why we don't fall over when stepping on the moving walkway at the airport! Unfortunately this system can be compromised with a variety of different conditions causing vertigo, dizziness, blurry vision, headaches, difficulty focusing, loss of balance, and possibly falls.
If you have been diagnosed with a concussion or other dizziness disorder or suspect you may have a vestibular related problem, VRT may be a component of your care. VRT works to re-train a variety of systems that may be contributing to your diagnosis including the inner ear, visual system, proprioceptive system, and even components of the cervical spine. For some people, VRT may resolve the issue in 1-2 visits, in others, this may be a daily routine in order to manage symptoms. Please let us evaluate you and provide the best recommendation possible for your condition!
Common causes for vestibular dysfunction: