A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body resulting in the jarring of the brain inside the skull. Physical and visual symptoms, as well as cognitive and behavioral issues, may continue if not treated properly.
Concussions may occur due to sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, or falls. Symptoms of a concussion include:
- difficulty concentrating
- dizziness and imbalance
- memory loss
- difficulty listening or paying attention
- feeling like your brain is tired (cognitive fatigue)
- difficulty sleeping
- difficulty organizing and planning
- blurred and/or double vision
- eye fatigue and discomfort
- limitations with returning to work or school
Lee Health Outpatient Rehabilitation offers post-concussion rehabilitation services including physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy at several of our locations. Our therapists understand that symptoms and recovery time are unique to each individual. Post-concussion rehabilitation helps to minimize your concussion symptoms and focuses on your full and successful return to work, school or sport activities as quickly and safely as possible.
Our Physical Therapists play an important role in helping concussed individuals improve balance, dizziness, and tolerance to busy environments and lessen symptoms of pain and headaches. Once the concussion symptoms improve, you will perform exertion training to safely and successfully return to the physical demands necessary for your work or school duties, sports, and leisure activities.
Our Occupational Therapists work with concussed individuals to improve their ability to read and use a computer, concentrate and focus on tasks, lessen eye fatigue or strain, and lessen dizziness due to visual stimulation. The goals of occupational therapy include retraining the visual system to improve visual symptoms and improving the ability to perform daily activities. Referrals to the appropriate vision specialist will be recommended if necessary.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists assist concussed individuals to improve their focus, memory, and mental quickness. The purpose of the cognitive-communication evaluation is to define and address any areas of concentration impairment which are affecting performance in the classroom, work environment, or during social activities. Individuals affected by concussion can be taught the use of compensatory strategies for managing impaired areas of thinking.
A referral from your physician is required for physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy. To schedule an evaluation, please contact:
Outpatient Rehabilitation - Coconut Point
23450 Via Coconut Pt Estero, FL 33928Fax: (239) 343-4028
Outpatient Rehabilitation - Gulf Coast Medical Center
13685 Doctors Way, Suite 250 Fort Myers, FL 33912Fax: (239) 343-0797
Pediatric Orthopedic Rehabilitation
15821 Hollyfern Ct Fort Myers, FL 33908Fax: (239) 343-7463
The Children's Rehabilitation Center - Golisano Children's Health Center
3361 Pine Ridge Rd, Suite 105 Naples, FL 34109Fax: (239) 254-4261