Depending on your needs, we can refer you promptly to the sports physical therapists, vision specialists, neuropsychologists, headache specialists, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists who are part of our concussion team. Your treatment may include:
The first 2-3 days after a concussion can be the most symptomatic. Active rest means allowing yourself time to rest and limiting activities that increase your symptoms -- such as using devices with screens or being in busy or loud environments. You may sleep more after a concussion, but after a few days experts recommend trying to return to your normal sleep routine and limiting naps. Recovery following a concussion often takes 3-4 weeks but can take longer with more significant concussions. Following your evaluation, your doctor will provide recommendations on when you can return to activities such as school and work.
Depending on your symptoms, we may recommend individualized therapy to minimize neck pain, headache, dizziness, balance problems, and exercise intolerance that can be associated with concussion. Our sports physical therapists are specially trained to perform cervical, vestibular, balance, and cardiovascular assessments and incorporate techniques, exercises, aerobic conditioning, and training designed to return you to your daily activities.
Our concussion clinic partners with the Duke Vision Rehabilitation and Performance clinic to provide formal assessments and treatment for vision-related symptoms that may result from a concussion. Treatment options may include corrective lenses and filters for light sensitivity and vision problems such as blurred or double vision. Vision rehabilitation can help you improve your ability to focus while reading, to visually track and scan to safely interact with your environment, and to manage your symptoms while completing vision-related tasks.
Therapists may use computerized training, written materials, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other forms of therapy to help you improve memory, enhance reasoning or reduce symptoms such as anxiety or emotional difficulties.
Post-Concussion Headache Treatment
Persistent or severe headaches may be treated by a headache specialist, who may prescribe medical management or other therapies to provide relief.
Speech Pathology evaluation and treatment can help you overcome issues related to memory, understanding, attention, problem-solving, and/or communication that can lead to difficulties in school, work, or daily activities.
Occupational therapy evaluation and treatment can help with cognitive retraining strategies to improve concentration, memory, and decision making and avoid mental fatigue. Additionally, our occupational therapists can provide treatment and teach strategies to help you better tolerate environmental and sensory stimuli such as busy or loud environments.