Get The Most Effective Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy for Concussion Symptoms
Dizziness. Nausea. Balance issues. Car sickness. Vestibular dysfunction following a head injury causes a few of the unpleasant symptoms listed above. Fortunately, they don’t have to be permanent; most patients experience significant improvement with the help of vestibular physical therapy exercises for concussions.
After a brain injury, one of several systems in your body that can deteriorate is the vestibular system, which aids your brain in determining your position in space. The brain itself and the autonomic nervous system are two more systems that may become damaged (which might also contribute to symptoms such as vertigo).
Up to 30% of concussions patients experience persisting symptoms that last months or years after their concussion. Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is a condition that develops after any minor traumatic brain injury (mTBI). It can include persistent vestibular problems, which are symptoms experienced by some individuals following an mTBI.
Vestibular therapy is one of the treatments we offer at our Burnaby Physiotherapy clinic for patients with post-concussion syndrome. While it isn’t enough to cure all concussion symptoms, it will aid in treating vestibular dysfunction-related problems.
How Could Concussion Influence The Vestibular System?
A concussion is a type of brain injury that can occur after any blow or jolt to the head, including whiplash. Even if you don’t lose consciousness, a concussion can still damage any part of your brain. A concussion doesn’t cause structural damage; a regular MRI won’t reveal it.
A concussion disturbs the delicate but vital communication patterns between neurons and the blood vessels that supply them (known as neurovascular coupling, or NVC). Sometimes, this inefficient communication is only temporary as you recover from the immediate bruising and inflammation following brain trauma. But NVC dysfunction continues for up to 30% of concussion patients, causing symptoms for months or even years after the injury.