Approximately 1 in 4 mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) in adults occur at work and are associated with substantial productivity loss, economic burden, persistent symptoms, and occupational disability1. Concussions in the workplace are most commonly caused by falls, getting struck in the head by falling objects, or motor vehicle accidents2. Most adults recover from an mTBI or concussion within 7-10 days; however, individuals who continue to have persistent symptoms beyond this timeframe are more at risk for further co-morbidities, including aerobic deconditioning, chronic pain, anxiety disorder, depression, as well as poor work performance3.
The good news is that physical therapy, specifically vestibular rehabilitation and treatment of the cervical spine, has been shown to improve persistent post-concussion symptoms and get the injured employee back to work.
If you are experiencing any persistent post-concussion symptoms preventing you from working or doing what you love, seek help from a physical therapist that specializes in concussion management. Start by scheduling a Free Assessment where one of our experts can assess your cervical spine, vestibular and oculomotor system and recommend a customized treatment program to fit your needs.
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1. Terry D, Iverson G, Panenka W, Colantonio A, Silverberg N. Workplace and non-workplace mild traumatic brain injuries in an outpatient clinic sample. A case-control study. PLos ONE 13(6): e0198128.
2. Colantonio A, Salehi S, Kristman V, Cassidy D, ect. Return to work after work-related traumatic brain injury. NeuroRehabilitation. 2016; 39(3):1-11.
3. Kashiuba S, Paniak C, Casey J. Persistent Symptoms Associated with Factors Identified by the WHO Task Force on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. 2008, April; 22(2): 195-208.