St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute: Hidden Injuries: Post Concussive Syndrome

September 06, 2016
St. Luke's Rehabilitation Team
kids playing football

Football season is gearing up as fall approaches, and those playing sports at any age should be aware of post-concussive syndrome (PCS). This can be a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury where medical problems persist weeks to months after the injury/event. 

Imagine a high-schooler taking a hit to the head while playing football or soccer. Despite wearing a helmet, days after the head injury pain-however mild-continues. You, as a parent, notice their concentration just isn't what it was before the injury. Sleep has been a little more difficult. They're just not acting like themselves, being forgetful or anxious. If this is something you notice, seek medical treatment by your health care provider. 

Health care providers can refer a patient to one or more of the following:

  • Physical Therapy, if patient experiences…
    • Dizziness / vestibular - Headache
    • Balance issues - Vision changes (gaze instability, light sensitivity)

  • Occupational Therapy, if patient experiences…
    • Behavior changes / irritability - Vision perception changes (double, blurred)

  • Speech Language Pathology, if patient experiences…
    • Attention problems - Concentration difficulties 
    • Memory loss Unintelligible speech

Refer to Neuropsychology if any of the above symptoms persist >1 month after head trauma. Neuropsychologists can help differentiate between psychological symptoms and neurological symptoms resulting from illness or injury. They can also evaluate a patient's overall cognitive and behavioral strengths and weaknesses.

Benefits of Post-Concussive Treatment:

  • Diminish severity of symptoms
  • Promote prior level of activity
  • Enhance ability to return to work / schooI
  • Improve quality of life
  • Address secondary symptoms of depression / anxiety

St. Luke's provides an interdisciplinary treatment approach that addresses all of the common symptoms of post concussive syndrome/mild head injury. The team works collaboratively to provide individualized therapy for the variety of individual needs in this patient population in order to enhance recovery.

A brain injury can happen to anyone at any age. 

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