Today we’re discussing vestibular rehab after concussion to continue the three areas of concussion treatment physical therapists assist with.
At least half of all patients with concussion will experience balance or vestibular issues after a concussion. Patients affected in these areas may display decreased balance, proprioception problems, vision changes, vertigo, or hearing changes. Physical therapists can use the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) to identify postural stability and control issues and to measure a patient’s recovery.
During the BESS test patients perform the following stances on both firm and foam surfaces:
The goal is for scores to improve as patients begin their rehab program. Physical therapists should record any deviations on a BESS balance test score sheet to track recovery. Here is a list of errors to note:
Tune in next week to learn how physical therapists help with cervical spine rehab.
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