Overview of Medical Care for Concussions and Post-Concussion Syndrome

When you have a concussion or post-concussion syndrome, there are numerous treatments a doctor can refer you to. Doctors sometimes don't discuss with patients the full range of treatments available, so knowing the range of treatments can help you advocate for yourself or your child.

 

Vestibular Therapy (Balance Therapy)

Concussion can affect the body's balance system, causing symptoms such as vertigo, persistent dizziness, or balance problems. Vestibular therapies include gaze stability training, balance training, and habituation training for dizziness. LEARN MORE


Vision Therapy (Oculomotor Training)

Concussion can cause these vision symptoms: Light sensitivity, blurred vision, double vision, eye-strain, headaches or eye-pain associated with reading, poor reading comprehension, frequent loss of place when reading, general loss of concentration or attention, visual memory problems, and loss of peripheral vision. 

Vision therapy is typically done by specially trained optometrists who makes use of a variety of tools and exercises to train specific aspects of the visual system, improve the accuracy of vision, and return vision to normal after a concussion. LEARN MORE


Physical Therapy

For patients with certain types of headaches, and for patients who may have suffered orthopedic injuries at the same time as the concussion. LEARN MORE


Medication

Doctors will prescribe medications for PCS symptoms such as headaches, depression, and anxiety. LEARN MORE


Hormone treatment

Hormone treatment has worked for some women and men suffering from concussion and traumatic brain injury. LEARN MORE