5 Concussion Myths Debunked

Did you know that 4 million sports concussions occur annually? Playing sports is not the only way a concussion can be sustained. Car accidents, work accidents, and other unlucky occurrences can result in a concussion and the symptoms can often times go undiagnosed. Concussion treatment has evolved as well! Below are a few of the outdated beliefs about concussions and how to treat them so those suffering from a concussion have a better chance of recovery.

Myth 1: You have to lose consciousness to sustain a concussion. False.

You don’t even need an impact to the head to have one. It is important to recognize the symptoms instead, such as:

  • headaches
  • blurred/double vision
  • fatigue
  • loss of concentration
  • sensitivity to light/noise
  • nausea/vomiting
  • ringing in the ears
  • slurred/slow speech
  • increased imbalance/clumsy

Myth 2: You need to stay in a dark, quiet place until you are better. False.

This is ok for the first 24 hours, but after that your brain needs to slowly get used to stimulus again. This is when it is best to contact a concussion specialist so that you can be evaluated and be guided on the proper protocol based on your symptoms.

Myth 3: You cannot go to sleep the night after a concussion. False.

Your brain needs rest, so as long as you’ve been checked by a medical professional, you can sleep as much as you need.

Myth 4: MRIs can show concussions. False.

They only make sure you haven’t done any other damage, like bleeding. You cannot see a concussion.

Myth 5: All concussions take months to heal. False.

75% of people have a recovery in 20-30 days. When it takes longer, it’s called post concussion syndrome, and physical therapy is recommended to treat it. It is best to consult with a concussion specialist such as the physical therapists in the Howell location of Atlantic Physical Therapy Center. No prescription is needed and appointments are readily available to get those suffering from post concussion syndrome the help they need as soon as possible.

Chris Beltran, PT, DPT is the Clinic Director of the Howell location as well as the Concussion Management Center. He is Certified in Concussion and Vestibular Therapy and is ImPACT® Credentialed. 


5 Tips for Running in cold weather

It’s December and winter is upon us! This means temperature drops that many of us runners love after a hot and humid summer or a milf fall, but it also means we need to be adapt and change so we can continue to enjoy our run. Here are few tips to help keep you feeling great running outside as the frost sets in:

Tip #1: Cover your ankles up in the cold weather to help prevent Achilles tendonitis. The cold can make your tendons tense or tighten, so keeping this critical area warm will help prevent injury while running.

Tip #2: Dress like how you will feel about 10 minutes into the run, you should be chilly starting off your run. This might seem self explanatory, but if you dress too warm and start getting hot and sweaty you are going to be uncomfortable during your run.

Tip #3: Wear reflective items/lights! If your running routine is early am or early evening you will find yourself out there in the dark in the fall and winter. It is imperative that drivers can see you so now is the time to make sure you have something reflective or bright on you for your safety.

Tip #4: Gradually build your pace up to help warm up your muscles and prevent injury. Being dressed for your fall / winter run means you might start off feeling a little cold. Do not go from 0-60 without giving yourself a little warm up! As stated before, the cold will make your tendons and muscles a little tight so they need to be warmed before you can expect them to perform. Give your body that grace of a warm up and you will be happy to avoid injuries.

Tip #5: Stretching at least one “tight” muscle after your run is better than no stretching. We all know we should stretch, but it feels like fall and winter days are shorter and who has the time? My advice is of course, take the time to stretch after your run! Since I know most people won’t, I highly recommend taking at least 1-2 minutes to at least stretch a muscle you know is tight for you. Remember stretching one is better than none.

Freehold NJ Physical Therapist, Andrew Goelz Runner's workshop

Andrew Goelz is the Clinic Director of the Freehold location of Atlantic Physical Therapy Center and an avid runner. He also is the Director of the Atlantic PT Center for Running Excellence leading Runner’s workshops for the community and managing the RunLab Gait Imaging Center also inside the Freehold location. For more information on RunLab: atlanticptcenter.com/runlab

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