Friday, February 5, 2016

SUPERBOWL WEEKEND and the controversial CONCUSSION topic...

I have a concussion..what's next?!

According to the league, there were 182 reported concussions from 2015 regular-season games. There were 115 in 2014, 148 in 2013, and 173 in 2012. NFL senior VP of health and safety policy Jeff Miller said the league is figuring out why the number rose so much this season.    -  ESPN 

So what to do if you have been diagnosed with a concussion?
1.       Listen to the MD and relax.  After a concussion the brain’s metabolic activity increases greatly and if you don’t rest like they advise you to you may end up with a metabolic deficit leading to difficulty healing your brain.
2.       Limit computer and cell phone use.
3.       Take naps when tired.   It’s your body telling you it needs to
rest and reboot.
4.       You might even need some time off from school or work.
MOST concussions resolve in about 7-10 days if you follow the MD’s directions, but for those whose symptoms do not subside you may be having delayed healing due to having a postconcussional syndrome. If this is the case, it’s time to see a vestibular/concussion specialist.

Don’t worry we have one here at PTW! Just call Stephanie McDougal, PT, DPT at our Montgomeryville location for an evaluation. 

 PTW’s Stephanie McDougal, PT, DPT provides expert clinical care and is a vestibular/concussion specialist at our Montgomeryville Clinic, located in the Costco Shopping center on Upper State Road, just off route 309.   For an initial evaluation, call Steph at 215 855 1160 today for an appointment as soon as possible!