Rehabilitation for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Cervico-vestibular Rehabilitation for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Neck pain, dizziness and headache are common symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The efficacy of cervical spine and vestibular-ocular system impairments intervention need to be determined. In this randomized clinical trial, a 6-week personalized clinical rehabilitation program on subacute mTBI will be compare to a conventional approach. The rehabilitation program will include cervical spine exercise combined with manual therapy as well as vestibular-ocular rehabilitation. Overall symptoms will be measured by the Post-Concussion Symptoms Scale (PCSS). Disability and symptoms severity related with neck pain, headache and dizziness will also be evaluated after the treatment period and at 6-week post-treatment.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Conventional approach

The intervention will consist of light cognitive and physical activity with no symptoms exacerbation followed by graded exertion. Participant will be evaluated by a neuropsychologist. The neuropsychological intervention will consist of advice relative to cognitive rest in line with the clinical evaluation results followed by an individualized step-by-step graded exposition to cognitive stimulus according to symptoms evolution. A kinesiologist will also evaluate the symptoms response to cardio-va more on

Personalized rehabilitation program

The same advice and exercise program than the active comparator group will be provided. However, 2 physiotherapists will provide 8 treatment session ( 30 to 45 minutes). One physiotherapist will initially evaluate the physical dysfunctions associated to mTBI with a standardized evaluation to build the treatment plan. He will provide cervical manual therapy and therapeutic exercises based on the best current clinical approach and according to the impairment specifically found initially. A vestibu more on

Cervico-vestibular Rehabilitation for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury — A Randomized Clinical Trial