OT Clinical Services

Post Concussion Syndrome and Support Group

Most of us have heard of the term concussion but not many are familiar with the diagnosis of Post Concussion Syndrome.  This diagnosis occurs when symptoms of a concussion linger beyond the normal time frame for healing.  Symptoms may include:

  • headaches
  • sensitivity to noise and lights
  • changes in vision
  • ringing in ears
  • dizziness
  • balance issues
  • loss of coordination
  • difficulty thinking
  • mood changes
  • interruptions in normal sleep patterns

Though they may look fine on the outside, people with post-concussion syndrome often have a much different story under the surface.  Functioning in community, work and school environments can be tough with the above symptoms. Social relationships often suffer and the person may feel anxious and alone. OT can help the person with this diagnosis to learn how to identify and manage symptoms in a controlled way in order to help them ease back to normal life again. March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month.

For those in the community looking for additional resources, Washington University Occupational Therapy hosts a monthly Post Concussion Support Group to allow others to meet and gain support in their journey to recovery. The group meets the last Friday of every month. For more information about the support group please contact, Debbie Turley and to learn how OT can help with Post Concussion syndrome and other acquired brain injuries or traumatic brain injuries visit our Occupational Performance Center.