Concussion Therapy

boy getting tested for a concussion

Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries that are caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head, which can result in impairments of neurologic function with symptoms that include dizziness, amnesia, loss of consciousness, headaches and much more. Concussion physical therapy is  treatment directed at restoring full function and a safe return to activity.

What does treatment entail?

Each patient will go through a thorough medical screening and physical examination which will assess the following areas:

  • Cognitive function
  • Oculomotor (eye muscle) function
  • Affective (emotional) status
  • Cervical spine (neck)
  • Headache symptoms
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Vestibular system (inner ear)

Your physical therapist will tailor a specific and individualized program based on their examination's findings and communication with other involved professionals, such as physicians. The treatment regimen will address issues in the above systems to restore full function.

In addition to this, discussion and education will be provided on how to return to work, play and/or school, if applicable. Our therapists will work with your physician to ensure a smooth step-wise progression back to normal function.

Concussion Management Specialists

Marc Feda

Marc Feda

Hamden Site Lead

Marc Feda, DPT, OCS, SCS, TPI-MP2, is a concussion management specialist who is also certified...

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Brian Kuruc

Brian Kuruc

Westport

Brian Kuruc, DPT, ATC, TPI-M1, is a physical therapist, certified athletic trainer and TPI certified...

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Michael Semancik

Michael Semancik

Greenwich

Michael Semancik, DPT, TPI-M2, specializes in working with young athletes, specifically with rowers, hockey players...

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Robert Mahlman

Robert Mahlman

Westport Site Lead

Robert Mahlman, DPT, PT, OCS, is a certified Schroth therapist who specializes in the treatment...

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Jonathon Mendola

Jonathon Mendola

Darien

Jonathon Mendola, DPT, PT, CSCS, is a detail-oriented physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning...

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FAQs

How long does concussion treatment last?

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Length of care is extremely person-specific, and can range from one to 12 weeks, depending on the severity and symptoms. It is vital that appropriate progressions are made to properly assimilate to normal daily tasks again without symptoms.

Your therapist will be able to provide specifics based on your examination and progression through your course of care. Our normal protocol requires a full return to normal daily tasks and school only once symptom free, following with a specific outline of a plan to return to practice and play before one can fully return to sports or previous activities.

What is Concussion Baseline Testing?

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Baseline Testing is a test which we provide that looks at various systems in your body, such as your cognitive function, motor skills and vestibulo-ocular function via an online test known as the ImPACT test. The ImPACT test is a heavily researched and FDA approved exam that is used to diagnose and manage concussions. The test is performed as a baseline prior to any concussions, and can be used as a comparison following testing that is performed post-concussion.

Is Baseline Testing required?

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Baseline Testing is not a requirement, but it is a good tool to assist with progression through rehabilitation.

Where can I get Baseline Testing?

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We provide Baseline Testing at each of our locations.

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