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CNOS has long been involved in the training and care of local athletes in Siouxland. That’s one reason why they’re highlighting the importance of recognizing and properly treating concussions.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by sudden impact to the head or body which then causes rapid movement of the brain inside the skull. Additionally, it’s important to note a person does not have to be knocked unconscious to suffer from a concussion.
That’s why it’s crucial to understand concussion signs such as blurred vision, balance issues, headache, dizziness, fatigue and more obvious things like ringing in the ears or seeing stars.
“Concussions often result in a variety of symptoms and a team of healthcare professionals may be needed to treat athletes who sustain a concussion. Physical therapists can be an essential part of this team,” says Amanda Lauer, PT, DPT, OCS for CNOS.
CNOS Concussion Specialists use the Sway testing system to measure people’s symptoms, including verbal and visual memory processing. Together, they work with clinicians and athletic trainers to determine the severity of a concussion and a timeline to return to regular activities.
“The physical therapist helps determine treatments to improve balance, gaze stability, decrease neck pain, and reduce dizziness in athletes who have been diagnosed with a concussion. We work alongside other members of the healthcare team in order to help safely return an athlete to their sport,” adds Lauer.
The CNOS Concussion Clinic is open to athletes Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Dakota Dunes with no appointment necessary. CNOS encourages athletes or families of athletes who suspect a concussion to call 605.217.2667 and make sure all
concussion supervision is under the advice of your medical professional.