The Majority (80-90%) of concussions resolve in 7-10 days post injury, although recovery may be longer in children or adolescents (1).
Recent studies completed in Dunedin have shown that neck and Vestibular ocular reflex symptoms are present and contributing to symptoms in a large proportion of patients suffering from post-concussion symptoms varying between 54-90% with cervical contribution to symptoms, 72% with vestibular system contribution to symptoms and 40% both vestibular and cervical contribution (2,3)
In sports-related concussion, a combination of neck and vestibular physical therapy can decrease time to medical clearance to return to sport in 57 people with persistent headaches, dizziness and neck pain In the treatment group, 73% of the participants were medically cleared within 8 weeks of initiation of treatment, compared with 7% in the control group(4).
At Physiosouth we can offer a 1-hour concussion initial assessment within 1 week of referral with Stuart Knappstein who is based from our Pioneer and Colombo street clinics. Following this referral treatment can be commenced or a recommendation for referral to APM concussion clinic for patients that need more support in their recovery.
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