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I Didn't Know You Could Treat That!

Dana Tress 
September 27, 2021
I Didn't Know You Could Treat That!

“I didn’t know you could treat that!”  “No one ever told me to see a physical therapist for this before now!”

We hear those words all of the time at the Balance + Concussion Center!  Most people are only familiar with the orthopedic and sports performance world of physical therapy.  But, we are able to treat a huge range of disorders and problems that are not necessarily orthopedic in nature.  Physical Therapists, in general, are masters of human anatomy and physiology.  We learn about all of the different systems of the body and how they work together.  Some of my amazing colleagues specialize in a variety of things including women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction, dance medicine, golf, overhead throwing and running.  At the Balance + Concussion Center, we lovingly specialize in our “headcases” - disorders that primarily involve the head and neck (basically, anything from the upper back on up to the top of your head).  

So, what types of conditions do we typically treat at the B+C Center?  Disorders of the head and neck could involve problems such as:  concussion and post concussion syndrome, vertigo, dizziness, vestibular system disorders (problems in the inner ear), headaches, migraine, TMJ pain and dysfunction and balance problems.  Some of the more specific vestibular disorders that we treat include BPPV (positional vertigo, “loose crystals” in the inner ear), PPPD, Meniere’s disease, vestibular migraine, acoustic neuroma, vestibular neuritis and labrynthitis.  

Because of the close relationship between the brain, inner ear, eyes and neck, treatment for each of these conditions utilizes a combination of techniques including:

  • Posture work
  • Manual therapy to address soft tissue and joint restrictions in the neck and craniofacial structures
  • Oculomotor (eye) functional exercises
  • Vestibular system retraining
  • Balance exercises (with holding postures and with movement)
  • Flexibility and mobility work
  • Strength training

The most important thing to remember is that symptoms lingering after a concussion, dizziness, vertigo, headaches and jaw pain are not normal and there are options to help you feel better. We are always more than happy to discuss your symptoms with you, be a part of your healthcare team, and help get you on the road to feeling, balancing and performing your best!

Meet the Author
Dana Tress, PT, CEAS, AIB-CON is a physical therapist specializing in the management of concussion, balance dysfunction, headaches and dizziness in Crystal Lake, Illinois at Smith Physical Therapy Balance + Concussion Center, an award winner in concierge physical therapy services for McHenry County and surrounding regions.