Today’s concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) rehab post is about balance and proprioception. ⁣⁣
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BALANCE: an even distribution of weight allowing someone to remain upright/steady. ⁣⁣
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PROPRIOCEPTION: awareness of the body position or movement. ⁣⁣
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Staying upright isn’t something we actively think about, but our body is constantly processing various signals to ensure we can move around throughout our day. Our feet, eyes & ears, and neck all give our brain information about where we are in space and how to stay upright. ⁣⁣
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Because mTBIs can affect the ears, eyes, or both, balance is often impaired in concussion patients. After assessing their balance, patients receive a balance program to help correct any impairments. The balance test is also important to have as a baseline; improvements in balance help practitioners track the patient’s progress, and give the patient a sign of improvement. ⁣⁣
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Signs that your balance or proprioception are affected are dizziness, swaying when walking, rocking when sitting, or falling down. While concussion contributes to balance impairments, there are many other reasons – check in with a trained physiotherapist for a balance assessment if you’re concerned! ⁣⁣

-Victoria Mokriy, PT
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