I always like when I get a chance to build my library of articles, posts, and other informative material that I can share with patients who are interested in learning more about a diagnosis they or their loved ones are dealing with. From studies about the correlation of low back imaging findings to low back pain and disability, to nutrition information, to throwing programs for adolescent baseball players returning to sport, it’s nice to have some easily accessible packets or links to give to my patients. The following link, found here, is one of those resources that I will now hang on to that I can give to patients dealing with concussions and returning to sport or participation in their preferred activities.
In my experience playing sports as a child, and hearing stories from friends and family members, the proper way to identify and manage a concussion seems to be an often discussed but rarely understood mystery. For example, a concussion does not always cause a loss of consciousness, nor does it always cause a person to vomit. Also, it is not necessary to keep a person awake after suffering a concussion. If the patient has been evaluated and is following a professional’s instructions, they should be allowed to sleep as much as their body requires. Lack of sleep could actually even cause their condition to worsen. In addition, there is no additional imaging or medical test that can reveal when the brain has healed and the patient is therefore prepared to return to sport. Returning to participation in sport/contact activities is based on a patient’s tolerance for progressively more difficult and challenging activities without provocation of concussion symptoms.
Info like that which is found in the link above can help inform your patients and their families about concussions and what you as a PT can do to help them. We as PTs can play a key role in the appropriate identification and management of concussion injuries, and can help patients get back to doing what they love. If you’re interested in learning more about concussions and how to appropriately manage them from the acute stage, all the way back to returning to sport, stay tuned for a concussion seminar that Bridge2PT will be hosting this upcoming spring. Check out bridge2pt.com/concussioncourse for more info about this course, including information on continuing education units being offered. Also, be sure to follow us on all social media platforms @Bridge2PT for more updates.