CTE and Physical Therapy

Most people are familiar with concussions. After a head impact or whiplash-like injury, experiencing any of the below symptoms for any period of time indicates that a concussion has occurred.

Symptoms from Concussions

  • Blurred/Double Vision
  • Sensitivity to Light/Noise
  • Headache
  • Dizziness/Balance Problems
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Memory Deficits

CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) is a progressive degenerative disease that is thought to originate from repetitive trauma to the brain. This trauma may or may not have resulted in symptoms of a concussion. Physical Therapy, an effective rehabilitative treatment for concussions, has gained significant attention in CTE research and prevention. Your skilled Physical Therapist aims to prevent CTE degenerative changes by ensuring previous head injuries are fully healed prior to returning to sports/contact activities. The rehabilitative process includes visual, vestibular and exertional rehabilitation after head injuries.

Symptoms from CTE

  • Memory Loss
  • Confusion
  • Impaired Judgment
  • Impulse Control problems
  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidality
  • Parkinsonism
  • Dimension

The most recent research indicates that work activity (e.g., military personnel) and athletes (e.g. hockey, boxers, football, soccer, lacrosse) that are subject to repetitive head trauma may be more likely to present with CTE (although genetics may play a substantial role in the likelihood of presentation). CTE symptoms may not occur for years after the last recorded head injury. Diagnosis of CTE currently occurs postmortem with the identification of a substantial increase in the protein Tau in the brain matter.

Strive Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation is the market leader for all skilled care after concussion. Our Strive Physical Therapists maintain constant and direct communication with your Physician ensuring that our patients are fully recovered after their injury. Highly trained and experienced Physical Therapists enable safer return to play after concussion and decreased likelihood of more degenerative conditions like CTE.

John Walker

John Walker, DPT, MBA, CERT. MDT, CSSBB
Clinical Director

John received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2003 from Widener University and is currently a licensed Physical Therapist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. John brings 11 years of spine, orthopedics, and sports medicine clinical experience to the Strive team which he joined in 2014. John is a Certified Mckenzie MDT (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy) Practitioner and has two noted publications including chapters on thoracic spine dysfunction and post-operative proximal femur fractures. During his time at Widener University, John was awarded Academic All-America District II for lacrosse and was 2-year assistant men’s lacrosse coach. John has his MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business with an emphasis on healthcare/ health system efficiency. Originally from Northeast Philadelphia, John lives with his wife in the Cinnaminson area of New Jersey.

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