Concussion rehabilitation is a specialized treatment area that is offered after you or a loved one has sustained a concussion. Our quiet office, in contrast to a gym setting, allows for you to start off slowly when you still may be hypersensitive to your surroundings, and then progresses you to a more stimulating environment. Occupational therapy will perform a thorough evaluation regarding your lifestyle, your symptoms and your goals in order to create an individualized treatment plan that takes into account ALL of your symptoms. We address headaches, screen for concussion-related vision disorders, examine family, student and worker roles in order to reintegrate you back into daily life with lessening pain and improved cognitive performance. Most importantly, by using the model below, our staff works with your referring provider, specialized optometrists, Physical Therapy, your school and work to return you to LIFE as quickly as possible! See how we do this in the following video:
Headaches can occur after a concussion for many reasons. Remember that a concussion is a traumatic brain injury due to a jolt or blow to the head or neck resulting in a chemical change in your brain giving you your current symptoms. A thorough examination can pinpoint why you are having headaches, whether it be stemming from muscle pain in your neck from whiplash or decreased visual skills causing eye pressure or head pain. Problems with visual efficiency skills and information processing can cause strain and fatigue and initiate a headache while you are driving, in the classroom or on a computer screen. We work with specialized optometrists to help you relieve your symptoms.
Concussions can also impact your memory and how quickly you are thinking. You may have difficulty with paying attention or solving problems which were once easy for you. You may have trouble sequencing time or steps in a task. Busy environments, like a dinner party, may cause you to lose focus on what everyone is saying. Specialized instruction can educate you on how to manage these issues.
Many times, those suffering from concussion may complain of blurred or double vision. Here at A Rise Above, we perform a specialized vision screen created by one of the top optometrists in the country to thoroughly screen for any concussion-related vision disorders you may be experiencing. Once identified, under the orders from a specialized optometrist, we can work with you on fixing your visual issues to see single and clear again without symptoms.
We incorporate evidence-based practice into our treatment everyday and have worked with highly specialized optometrists to enhance how therapists treat concussion. In 2018, our staff has presented research to the American Academy of Optometry, the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association on current Occupational Therapy practice patterns regarding concussion-related vision disorders.