The St. Peter's Health Physical Rehabilitation department is proud to offer multi-disciplinary treatments for concussions, including assessment and recovery programs. We actively participate in local initiatives, including Save the Brain Helena, dedicated to promoting brain health and safety across our community.
Concussion: How can Physical Rehabilitation help?
Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can cause lasting effects on the brain tissue and change the chemical balance of the brain. Concussions may cause physical, cognitive linguistic and behavioral issues, both for the short- and long-term. Every concussion is considered a serious injury.
Our therapists can assess your symptoms and determine if a concussion is present, then treat the injury by guiding you through a safe and individualized recovery program. We can evaluate and treat many concussion problems you’re experiencing. Because no concussion is the same, we will examine your neurological, cognitive, orthopedic and cardiovascular systems to ensure we provide the best program to help address all your symptoms.
Treatments may include:
- Rest and recovery
- Restoring strength and endurance
- Stopping dizziness and improving balance
- Reducing headaches and visual changes
- Brain training and language stimulation programs
- Learning compensatory strategies for managing memory or attention difficulties
- Following structured return to learn/work guidelines
- Returning to normal activity or sport
Save the Brain – Helena
We are proud to actively participate in Save the Brain – Helena, a multi-disciplinary group of medical professionals dedicated to promoting brain health and safety in the Helena region by providing the most current concussion related education, training, and treatment recommendations to athletes, parents, coaches, educators, and healthcare providers.
Save the Brain – Helena has partnered with the Montana-based Save the Brain organization whose mission is to assist communities by providing tools and training to prevent concussion-related deaths and injury.
The Save the Brain – Montana initiative was developed at Kalispell Regional Health Center. Save the Brain – Montana hosts events in Montana’s communities to facilitate discussion related to the communities' concussion management policies and procedures. Save the Brain also assists communities throughout Montana by providing tools and training for clinicians, educators, coaches and athletics-related staff, and for students and their families. These tools, documents, and training presentations have been reviewed and vetted by the Save the Brain Board Members.
The Save the Brain Board is comprised of health care practitioners, professionals involved in education, professionals involved in athletics and more. All board members have a common interest in preventing concussion-related deaths and injury.
An important catalyst for brain injury prevention and awareness in Montana was the passing of the Dylan Steigers Protection of Youth Athletes Act in 2013. The act promotes safety for youth athletes by requiring each school district to adopt a policy addressing the dangers of concussions and requires that any youth athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion be removed from participation in a sport and that medical clearance be obtained prior to returning to participation.
Location(s) of Concussion Therapy Services
Helena, MT 59601