You’ve seen the movie and you’ve heard the news. Concussions are becoming a major topic. What is a concussion and how can it impact you? Remember, it doesn’t just happen to football players. Concussions can happen from car accidents, work-related injuries, sports and even ground level falls. Keep reading to learn what the symptoms of a concussion are, and what role physical therapy plays in the multi-disciplinary approach to concussion treatment.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion occurs when there is impact trauma to the head. The brain is surrounded by a layer of fluid and connective tissues. When the skull experiences a sudden decrease in acceleration, the brain keeps accelerating for a split second causing it to impact against the skull. Sometimes this trauma can result in a concussion. The term concussion can also refer to the symptoms that are experienced after head injury, including unconsciousness, confusion and the lasting after effects on memory, personality and even emotions.
What are the common symptoms of a Concussion?
Symptoms of a concussion can often be ongoing and include:
- Eye Pain
- Chronic Pain
- Focus and Attention Problems
- Sleep Disorders
- Emotional Dysregulation
- Impaired Reading Comprehension
- Balance Issues
- Vertigo or Dizziness
- Anxiety and Depression
Concussion symptoms can be delayed and continued care is necessary after a concussion has occurred. These symptoms, if left untreated, can negatively impact all areas of life including academics, relationships, job performance, physical ability and mental health.
Back In Action would like to introduce the Scottsdale Concussion Squad of the Concussion Consortium Group. This is a team of medical practitioners who specialize in concussion treatment. We understand that no two people are the same and individualized treatment is necessary when treating the after effects of a concussion. When it comes to head trauma you only want the best!
If you have had a concussion, the first practitioner we recommend you see is Dr. David Carfagno, D.O., C.A.Q.S.M of Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.
Dr. Carfagno is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Sports Medicine (CAQ) and Ringside Medicine (ABRM). His internship, residency and fellowship were completed at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Carfagno will provide a thorough examination and initial screening of your symptoms in order to develop a plan of care based on the circumstances of the injury and the presenting symptoms. Dr. Carfagno will make a recommendation to determine if further care is warranted. Possible recommendations include seeking further consultations from the other skilled members of the Concussion Squad which consists of two neuropsychologists, a physical therapist, a neurologist, and a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist.
Dr. John DenBoer is a Clinical Neuropsychologist specializing in the assessment and detection of early-stage dementia. He received his internship training at VA Boston Healthcare System (Boston University School of Medicine/Harvard University) and received his postdoctoral training at Barrow Neurological Institute. He has published extensively in the area of Clinical Neuropsychology and has been an expert speaker at many local, national, and international conferences. He is the Founder and President of Mental Edge Neuropsychology, LLC., a company designed to help assess and treat concussion.
Dr. Eric Johnson is clinically trained as a Neuropsychologist and has treated ages 10-100. He specializes in utilizing the ImPACT® computer test (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) to aid in the assessment and management of concussions, and has treated head injuries due to multiple reasons including sport concussions, motor vehicle accidents, and falls. Dr. Johnson completed a two-year fellowship UPMC Sports Concussion Program. He went on to work as fulltime faculty at UPMC where he evaluated & managed concussion patients, co-authored articles & book chapters, supervised students and consulted both locally and nationally. Dr. Johnson is the Director of Clinical Training and Associate Professor at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy.
Dr. Keith W. Fandry holds a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy (DPT). He completed his orthopedic clinical training at the Cleveland Clinic in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation where he was exposed to the latest evidence-based practice in orthopedics. He completed his postgraduate board certifications in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Spinal Manipulation Therapy and Dry Needling. He is a diplomat of the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy and completed his Fellowship training for the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. He has dedicated his clinical practice to helping individuals overcome orthopedic injuries, chronic functional impairments, post-surgical rehabilitation and sports-related injuries such as concussion.
Lloyd G. Wright, MSOM is a Licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist. He has been in practice for over 31 years in California and Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Mr. Wright is an acknowledged leader in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine not only for his dedication to public service, professionalism, and compassion for his patients, but also for the results as an expert healer in treatment and the promotion of wellness for his patients. His practice specialties include orthopedic medicine and trauma injuries, rehab, pain, allergies, u, headaches, women’s health, and digestive disorders.
What can you expect with physical therapy after a concussion?
In the process of concussion treatment, here at Back In Action we are specifically trained to handle post concussion symptoms, specifically the treatment of vertigo/dizziness, balance issues, headaches, chronic pain and post trauma rehab related to the original incident.
If you have been in an accident and had a concussion we want to make sure you get the right treatment. Contact us today!