Post – Concussion Therapy


What are the symptoms of a concussion?

  • Headaches
  • Impaired vision, hearing, or smell
  • Lack of coordination and balance
  • Mood swings (ie. agitation, sadness, or lack of concentration)
  • Pain in head, neck and/or shoulders
  • Family and friends noticing “Something not right” about the concussed person

Sometimes a concussion may cause a loss of consciousness, but most of the concussion does not cause a loss of consciousness.


What are the emergency symptoms that may indicate a blood clot in the brain?

While rare, a concussion can cause a deadly blood clot to form on the brain, causing it to crowd against the skull. Seek emergency care if you have any of the following symptoms.

Short-term Physical Symptoms

  • Difficulty with balance and coordination
  • Distorted vision
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue/over-exhaustion
  • Headache
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Overly tired
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Seizures
  • Sleep disturbances/insomnia
  • Slurred speech
  • Staring (glassy eyes)

Short-term Cognitive Symptoms

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Slowed thinking and communicating
  • Woozy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Worsening grades in school

Short-term Emotional Symptoms

  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased stress tolerance
  • Depressed mood
  • Nervousness
  • Personality change
  • Rapid mood changes

Long-Term Symptoms

  • Chronic headaches and/or dizziness
  • Early dementia/chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Fatigue/exhaustion
  • Growth problems (children)
  • Loss of libido/sex drive
  • Loss of menses/menstruation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Muscle weakness
  • Weight gain


What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

Post-Concussion Syndrome is a complicated disorder in which a variety of symptoms last for weeks or months after the injury has occurred (usually a blow to the head). Sometimes, symptoms do not appear immediately and come delayed which makes it very difficult to decide whether is it wise to return to sports after possible ‘concussion” suspicion.

Symptoms usually appear in the first 7-10 days and go away within three months, although they can sometimes last up to a year or for a lifetime. Physical therapy treatments are aimed towards easing symptoms and improve quality of life.


How Can a Physical Therapist Help?

This is when Dr. Shakya is able to put his physical therapy and manual therapy skills to use in his Arlington, VA office. Using stretches, strength and motion exercises, vision & vestibular exercises, soft tissue mobilizations, and electrical stimulation, he is able to ease many of the common ailments associated with concussions. Physical therapy treatment regimens typically include rest and recovery, restoring strength and endurance, stopping dizziness and improving balance, headache reduction, and finally returning to normal activities or sports.

For more information, Contact us at Arlington, VA center.