Post Concussion Syndrome / Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Service
Our Service in a nutshell:
This service forms part of our Balance and Vestibular Service however because symptoms can be so varied and complex, we have developed a specialised provision. The service typically includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy and neuropsychology and provides individual intervention, education and information.
What is the process?
Upon diagnosis, or when we receive a referral, we will organise an initial assessment which will identify your own key symptoms. An individual, bespoke treatment plan will be devised which will include a combination of:
More about PCS / mTBI
Concussion is an injury to your brain that may occur after a blow to your head. The blow to your head causes your brain to move slightly within your skull. This can momentarily disrupt the electrical activity within some of the cells in your brain so that your brain stops working properly for a short period of time. It is this disruption that leads to the symptoms of concussion. Concussion is also known as 'minor traumatic brain injury' by doctors.
Post-concussion syndrome is a collection of symptoms that some people develop after they have had concussion. It is a complication of concussion. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome can include headache, dizziness and memory and concentration problems. Reduced sense of taste and smell, emotional symptoms such as anxiety/increasingly aggressive or other personality changes can also occur. Symptoms usually clear within three months after the initial head injury.
The specialists at Hobbs Rehabilitation can assess your condition and give you a treatment programme to follow. Your initial assessment will take around an hour and will incorporate a full case history, a graded assessment of the vestibular function and a treatment programme will be prescribed. The story of Alex Danson-Bennett, Team GB Hockey Captain has been widely reported in the press and we feature our involvement with Alex on our Patient Stories page.
More about the PCS Service
A comprehensive multidisciplinary approach encompassing physiotherapy, neuropsychology, occupational therapy and working in collaboration with other medical professionals such as the Neurological Consultant. Each clinician has brain injury expertise and balance is multifaceted; the vestibular system, the visual system and the musculoskeletal system are all crucial parts. The vestibular system is an area that is often overlooked in balance retraining.
The service takes a holistic approach with a thorough assessment to establish what the provoking factors are and the development of a rehab programme encompassing bespoke and graded exercises tailored to functional retraining targeted at the individuals’ skill (for example tennis/sailing/hockey/riding). Gradual exposure to provocative sensory stimuli will retrain, desensitise and normalise the responses. Therapists are able to complete treatment manoeuvres where appropriate such as those required to treat BPPV and importantly, a major factor in the service is to empower the patient via education and understanding of the symptoms, recognising the triggers early and on how to manage them so that the person can effectively work towards returning to their usual activities where appropriate.
The service at Hobbs Rehabilitation comprises experienced neurological physiotherapists who have completed further training in assessing and treating people with vestibular disorders. They are based at Hobbs South East in Liss.
If you would like to discuss your condition and whether our service can help, please call 01730 890072 and we would be happy to talk to you..