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KORT Physical Therapists Take the Mystery Out of Identifying and Treating Workplace Head Injuries
Date:7/26/2014

rmine whether or not you’ve suffered a concussion.”

Physical symptoms of a concussion may include:

  •     confusion
  •     memory loss
  •     abnormal behavior
  •     loss of balance
  •     blurred vision
  •     ringing in the ears
  •     photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  •     nausea
  •     irritability
  •     anxiety
  •     depression
  •      disruptions in sleep

Rest is Key to Treating a Workplace Concussion

Allowing the brain to rest is a key component to recovering from a concussion, said Means. Depending on the severity of the concussion, you may have to limit or discontinue your use of cell phones, video games, reading, driving and even computer work in order to allow the brain to recover, he said. This may require time away from work, athletics and the classroom, said Means.

According to Means, returning to regular activity too early after suffering a head injury may have deadly consequences. If symptoms are not resolved and patients have not given themselves adequate time to rest and recover they may experience second impact syndrome, said Means.

“You don’t need to experience a second blow to the head to feel the effects. Simply not allowing yourself proper recovery time and making sure all symptoms have subsided before returning to activity, may be enough to cause a relapse,” said Means.

Returning to Work

According to Means, once a patient is cleared by a
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