Concussion and mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

Have you recently hit your head, body or been in an accident? Learn more about concussions and mTBIs!

Concussions are a functional injury, not a structural injury. This means that a concussion may not show on a MRI or CT scan. It is caused by changes in the chemicals in the brain and how the nerve cells talk to each other.

What are potential signs and symptoms of a concussion?

Concussions/ mTBI’s can be characterized by a variety of emotional, physical, cognitive, and balance/ vestibular symptoms. Every concussion is a little different.

Emotional Symptoms
  • Crying
  • Being more emotional
  • Irritable/ easily frustrated
Physical Symptoms
  • Headache
  • Neck Pain
Cognitive Symptoms
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Difficulty Remembering
  • Brain Fog
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Decreased speed of thinking/ processing
Balance/ Vestibular Symptoms
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Feeling off balance
  • Feeling of the room spinning or you are spinning
  • Falls
What do I do if I suspect I or my friend/family member has a concussion?

The good news is that 80-90% of Concussions improve on their own within the first 1-2 weeks. However, for the 10-20% that do not, specific post concussion Physical therapy can help!

Do I need a MRI?

MRIs and CT scans are not needed to diagnose or treat a concussion. These imaging techniques may be ordered by your provider to rule out other potential causes for your symptoms, especially if you were in a motor vehicle accident or if you are over the age of 65.

Can Inspiration Physical Therapy and Consulting help me?

Absolutely! Dr. Cheryl is certified in Concussion Management and has written continuing education courses and designed a post concussion rehabilitation program for a multiple state company!

Potential Injuries


A sprain occurs when a ligament, the tissue that connects bones to bones, is stretched or injured. A common example is an ankle sprain, often caused by the twisting of the ankle. In our physical therapy practice, treatment for ankle sprains is highly personalized. We focus on addressing muscle weakness, improving balance, enhancing proprioception (your sense of body position), and providing functional activity training to aid recovery.


A strain happens when a muscle or muscle tendon, the connective tissue linking muscle to bone, is stretched or injured. You may have heard of it as a "hamstring strain" or "pulling a muscle." Our physical therapy approach is tailored to your unique needs. Treatment typically includes gentle stretching of the affected muscles, manual techniques to expedite recovery, and gradually introducing strengthening and stabilization exercises, all customized to your progress and requirements.

Fracture or Broken Bone

A fracture, commonly known as a broken bone, occurs when a bone cracks or fully separates. Initially, medical doctors may immobilize the bone with a cast, sling, or even surgery involving rods and screws. Physical therapy usually comes into play once some healing occurs, typically taking 8-10 weeks. Our physical therapists create individualized plans focused on improving your range of motion, strengthening the muscles around the injury, reducing compensations, and facilitating your return to daily activities according to your specific goals.

Pre-operative PT

In some cases, surgeons recommend physical therapy before surgery. This pre-operative physical therapy enhances strength, range of motion, and flexibility. It often leads to better post-operative outcomes and faster recoveries. Typically, pre-operative physical therapy involves a few sessions in the weeks leading up to your surgery. However, additional sessions may be necessary in certain situations, especially when surgery is avoidable or significant muscle and joint limitations exist.


Falls can result from various factors, including both external and internal causes. External factors encompass issues like low lighting, uneven surfaces, tripping hazards, and collisions with objects or individuals. Internal factors may include:

  1. Decreased proprioception: Your sense of body position in space.
  2. Vestibular issues: Pertaining to your inner ear's sense of head position, movement, and its communication with your brain and body.
  3. Decreased muscle strength: Certain muscles play a crucial role in maintaining balance. Weakness in these muscles can lead to imbalances and falls.
  4. Vision issues: Impaired vision can affect your ability to perceive your surroundings. While physical therapy doesn't directly address vision problems, we strengthen the systems contributing to balance. Additionally, we offer recommendations to modify your home environment to reduce fall risks.


Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of your spine, often resembling a "C" or "S" shape. Diagnosis typically involves an in-office examination and confirmation through X-rays. While severe scoliosis may require surgery due to potential effects on the ribs and lungs, mild to moderate cases often benefit from physical therapy. Our approach includes assessing your posture, daily activities, range of motion, mid-back strength, and postural muscles. Based on these findings, our physical therapists create an individualized plan tailored to your needs.

Ligament Injuries

Ligaments connect bone to bone and can get injured through falls, sports impacts, motor vehicle accidents, or prolonged stress. Ligaments can stretch, sprain, tear, and more. Physical therapy focuses on reducing initial stress on the injured area and strengthening the muscles around it. We align our treatment with your goals for returning to your desired activities.

Tendon Injuries

Tendons connect muscles to bones and can sustain injuries from sports, falls, accidents, or everyday activities. Tendons may stretch, tighten, become injured, not glide properly, tear partially, fully, or retract. Physical therapy provides conservative management for tendon injuries. Our approach addresses tightness, and compensatory movement patterns, strengthens surrounding areas, and aids your return to daily life and function.