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Comprehensive Concussion Management: "Need to Know" Information for Physical Therapists

  • Dates: 19 – 20 May, 2018
  • Location: Foxborough, MA
  • Address: Brigham & Women's/Mass General Health Care Center

Concussion is a common and potentially disabling condition that affects people of all ages as a result of trauma sustained in sport, motor vehicle crashes, military service, work and recreational accidents. The multifaceted nature of concussion requires a comprehensive view of physical, cognitive and psychological functions. Physical therapists play a key role in facilitating recovery after concussion and identifying concussion in patients referred for other reasons; however necessary expertise spans multiple areas including sports medicine, orthopedics, neurology and vestibular function. Intervention for individuals who do not recover quickly after concussion has not been well described in the literature; therefore, best practice is not clear.

The purpose of this course is to focus on “need to know” information for PTs to identify concussion, and to examine and intervene with adolescents and adults with concussion who do not recover with rest alone. Embedded in the described approach is the need to identify the primary triggers of ongoing symptoms and recognize the need for referrals to maximize and expedite recovery.

Current information related to definitions, diagnosis, imaging, pathophysiology, symptom profiles and prognosis form a foundation for the course. Examination and intervention approaches that consider headache, cervical spine, visual and vestibular challenges, as well as exertional, cognitive, psychological and behavioral issues will be shared in an interactive format that includes case examples and selected lab activities. The role, responsibility, and contributions of the physical therapist to the interdisciplinary team in decisions regarding return to work, play or school will be discussed, taking into account unique legislative and practical concerns.

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