Depending on the extent of your child’s injury, their treatment plan may include rehabilitative services (physical therapy, vestibular therapy, speech/cognition therapy, vision therapy), therapeutic exercise, school adjustments, pain management, neuropsychological evaluation, and/or psychological support services.
Physical therapists offer concussion rehabilitation services, including:
- Musculoskeletal therapy for whiplash and other neck injuries
- Vestibular therapy for post-concussion syndrome
- Conditioning programs during concussion recovery
Vestibular dysfunction after concussion is common and results in dizziness, difficulty focusing, and difficulty maintaining balance. Vestibular therapy uses specific head, body, and eye exercises to coordinate head movement, eye targeting, and balance.
- Article: Vidal et al. “Rehabilitation Strategies for Prolonged Recovery in Pediatric and Adolescent Concussion.” Pediatric Annals 41.9 (2012): 1-6.
Other rehabilitative services may include speech therapy for neurogenic speech disorders (stuttering, aphasia) as well as cognitive deficits (problems with memory, comprehension, attention), and vision therapy.