Concussion Care

Your Central Oregon Concussion Care Experts

Offering comprehensive concussion treatment programs based on the unique needs of the individual to allow for a safe and complete return to activity.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that damages the brain on a cellular level and may create chemical changes within the brain.  It can occur from an impact to the head or to the body, causing the brain to move rapidly back and forth within the skull.

A concussion can happen to anyone at any age. They aren’t exclusive to sports-related injuries. Blunt or blast head traumas, motor vehicle accidents, and falls may also cause a concussion. Most people with a concussion recover within the first three weeks. However, some individuals can experience recovery over a broader span of time.  Concussed brains require specialized care. If you have concerns about a concussion of your own or someone else, find comfort from an interdisciplinary medical team including a physical therapist. This team is meant to help people recover fully and safely.

Symptoms of a Concussion

Concussion symptoms vary by individual. The following list includes symptoms that may or may not be present and should not be used to diagnose a concussion.

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 
  • Balance problems 
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble falling asleep 
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Loss of sleep 
  • Drowsiness
  • Sensitivity to light 
  • Sensitivity to noise 
  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Nervousness
  • Emotional Numbness
  • Feeling “slow”
  • Feeling “foggy” 
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Difficulty remembering 
  • Visual problems 
  • Overstimulation

The Concussion Recovery Team

A multidisciplinary team is an ideal solution to ensure the right help is provided to allow for a full and safe return to work/sports/learning. This team should include members of the patient’s family in addition to medical professionals which may include but are not limited to, a Physician, Psychologist/NeuroPsychologist, ENT, Physical Therapist, Speech and Language Pathologist, Optometrist/Ophthalmologist, and Athletic Trainer. For students, it is also critical that members of this team include the school nurse, guidance counselor/advisor, and principal, when applicable.   This degree of care can be necessary to fully address the variety of symptoms which may occur as noted above.

The Concussion Experts at Step & Spine Physical Therapy

Led, managed and trained by concussion and vestibular rehabilitation expert, Laura Ahmed, PT, DPT, the concussion team at Step & Spine Physical Therapy has deep experience in the comprehensive care and management of people who have experienced a concussion. Consistency in care delivery and communication across the concussion team is essential to a complete and safe recovery.  The Physical Therapists at Step & Spine Physical Therapy work to collaborate with the necessary medical team members to help patients achieve their best outcome post-concussion. 

Laura Ahmed, PT, DPT

Laura Ahmed, PT, DPT

Bend Clinic

Jennifer Hughes, PT, DPT

Jennifer Hughes, PT, DPT

Redmond Clinic

Glenn Maclean-Talbot, PT, DPT, OCS

Glenn Maclean-Talbot, PT, DPT, OCS

Bend Clinic

Seth Wilkie, PT, DPT, OCS

Seth Wilkie, PT, DPT, OCS

Sisters Clinic

Alana Vernon, PT, DPT

Alana Vernon, PT, DPT

Sisters Clinic

About Our Concussion Care Program:

Depending on the unique needs of the individual, our comprehensive concussion care may include:

  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Supervised progressive exercise and conditioning programs
  • Balance testing
  • Coordination of care as needed for other symptoms
  • Return to activity recommendations for play and for work
  • Extensive education regarding the individual’s injury and how to best adapt while recovering


Don’t let pain keep you from your livelihood.

Call us at one of our five Central Oregon locations to schedule an evaluation with a Step & Spine Physical Therapist.


Contact Us

If you are ready to find out how we can help you get back to doing the things you love, give us a call.


(541) 728-0713

Eagle Crest

(541) 527-4353


(541) 475-1218


(541) 504-5363



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