A concussion is caused by a sudden blow or jarring motion to the head or body that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain and can cause significant and possibly permanent neurological impairments. A concussion is the ONLY sports injury that can affect a student athletes personality as well as their ability to learn in school. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 300,000 concussions are sustained annually during sports related activities in the United States and out of those, an estimated 62,000 of those concussions are suffered by student athletes. In addition, treatment for concussions related to work, home, or car accidents is also available.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can change the way the brain would normally function. They are often very difficult to diagnose as many signs and symptoms don’t immediately appear. Another difficulty of concussion diagnosis is that many athletes of all ages and abilities are often times reluctant to admit or address the possibility of a concussion because they want to continue participating in their activity or simply because the symptoms are so subtle that both athlete, coach and parent are not even aware there is an issue.
Concussions not only affect athletes, but many concussions occur at home and often go undiagnosed. Car accidents, work accidents, falls, and playground accidents are all common causes of a concussion. Any blow or impact to the head can be serious. The staff at Washington Physical Therapy and the ImPACT test can help to assist you in the diagnosis and management of a concussion.
If you believe you or someone you know may be suffering from a concussion, request a consult from our Kirkland, WA physical therapy practice today.