“I didn’t know that there was Physical Therapy for that!” I hear a variation of this phrase from most patients and even some physicians when I tell them that I am a physical therapist specializing in concussions. Over the last several years, much research has gone into concussions and treatment options. We confidently say that physical therapy is often very effective at treating concussion symptoms. We have also learned that 70% of concussions heal spontaneously on their own within 20 days. That brings up the question: When should someone seek physical therapy for their concussion? Recent research indicates that despite most concussions healing on their own, there is a benefit to starting physical therapy quickly.
You roll over in bed to silence your alarm clock when suddenly, the room begins to spin. You roll quickly back towards the center of the bed with significant fear of not knowing up from down or if you may fall out of bed. The spinning is severe, disorienting, and can even cause the uncomfortable sensation of nausea. However, within a minute or so, it seems to settle until you try to get up again. There are lots of types of dizziness experienced by millions of people daily, but this sensation is true vertigo. Vertigo is characterized by spinning dizziness, and you will first want it to be verti-gone. In this case, a physical therapist is one of the best professionals for you to visit.
Imagine a scene that may be familiar to you: You are moving through your day when suddenly, a migraine hits. You may have to call into school or work. You may become nauseous or dizzy. You feel pain in your head and neck. You may even only be able to feel better if you lay down in a dark, soundless room alone and wait for the migraine to pass or your medication to begin working. Migraines are a debilitating condition with over 3 million US cases each year and become very common from age 6 to above 60. But did you know there are more options for you than just medications and lifestyle changes? Physical Therapy is a worthy option to assist in the treatment and may even help you get better faster.
We have all experienced a headache. Some headaches may be a mild annoyance, and others are brutally painful. Headaches can be defined as pain in any region of the head, but the intensity, duration, cause, and location can vary drastically per person and type of headache. Some studies suggest 1 in 20 adults experiences a headache every or nearly every day. In this blog, we’ll discuss the various types of headaches and how physical therapy can help.
In 2020, you couldn’t turn on your television without being bombarded with reports of the Coronavirus or COVID-19. For many of us, the holidays looked a little different this year, whether wearing face masks or celebrating via Zoom or FaceTime. At this point, it’s possible you have either personally been diagnosed or have a loved one that has been affected by the virus. Since the first established COVID-19 case, the understanding of the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, screening guidelines and medical management of the virus have been ever-evolving.
Dizziness is among the most common reasons patients visit the emergency room, with more than 85 different conditions that can cause this symptom.1 One of most common causes for their dizziness that individuals seek emergency care for is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BBPV. About 50 percent of all dizziness in the older population is due to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), and accounts for 20 percent of dizziness across all ages.2
Many people suffer from balance problems, with the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reporting that four in 10 Americans will experience an episode of dizziness significant enough to send them to a doctor sometime in their lives
Physical therapy is often utilized in the comprehensive treatment for headache sufferers. For certain types of headaches, physical therapy has proven to be successful in decreasing and/or resolving the intensity and frequency of symptoms, improving an individual’s function and mobility, and improving an individual’s quality of life. A common type of headache seen in clinical practice that responds well to physical therapy is cervicogenic headache (more…)