Vestibular Rehabilitation for Concussion – Systematic Review
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In recent years, popular media coverage and scientific research volume has drastically increased in the area of concussion. Luckily, for the majority of patients, symptoms resolve within seven to 10 days, however, persistent symptoms have been reported in up to 30% of concussion cases. Most commonly, patients with persistent symptoms will present with vestibular impairment including vertigo, dizziness and balance dysfunction, which can cause significant morbidity and frustration for patients. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) has been previously recommended for patients with persistent post-concussive symptoms and currently enjoys much anecdotal clinical success. From a research perspective, a recent Cochrane review showed moderately strong evidence supporting the use of VRT for reduction in subjective dizziness and improvement in balance and gait outcomes in those with unilateral peripheral vestibular disorder. This week’s Research Review dives into the vestibular rehab literature specific to concussion, summarizing a recent systematic review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (2017)…LOG IN OR SUBSCRIBE TO READ OR LISTEN TO THIS RESEARCH REVIEW!