What is post-concussion syndrome?
Post-concussion syndrome occurs when an individual does not recover from a concussion in the typical 7-10-day timeframe. This syndrome is characterized by concussion like symptoms (physical, emotional and cognitive) that continue for weeks, months or a year or more after the initial incident that led to a concussion.
Causes of post-concussion syndrome
In general, causes of post-concussion syndrome are the same as those that cause a concussion, mainly a hit to the head. The distinction between an acute concussion and post-concussion syndrome is in post-concussion syndrome the symptoms of a concussion persist beyond the typical 7-10 recovery timeline seen in a concussion.
Risk factors associated with developing post-concussion syndrome
- Waiting it out or excessive rest without early, active vestibular rehabilitation is the most common risk factor associated with developing post concussion syndrome.
- Individuals who have had previous concussions.
- Individuals with previous medical history of ADHD, ADD and/or mood disorders.
- Younger age.
- Prior history of headaches.
- Female gender.
- Initial concussion symptoms of early onset headache, amnesia, fogginess and fatigue.
How HDPT can help
Like a concussion, post-concussion syndrome is a treatable condition. Using MARS we can correct the imbalances in the vestibular system causing the persistence of symptoms. Even years after a concussion we can use our diagnostic testing and treatment protocols to identify and treat each individual patients’ deficits and get them back to full function.