Jessica is a bright and bubbly 16 year old who suffered a concussion injury while playing netball. Jessica sought vestibular services at Advance Rehab Centre 2 weeks after her injury, as she was still unable to return to school secondary to her symptoms. These included dizziness, motion sensitivity, fatigue, light and noise sensitivity, headaches, difficulty concentrating and reduced balance.
Jessica was diagnosed with post concussive syndrome resulting in Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), central vestibular dysfunction with severe motion sensitivity and reduced balance. Jessica underwent a program of vestibular rehabilitation to treat the BPPV, improve her balance and began a program of exercises to reduce her symptoms of central vestibular dysfunction. Physiotherapy also included fatigue management and return to school and sport advice.
Initially Jessica could only tolerate small amounts of movement. The smallest amount of head movement would leave her feeling nauseous and dizzy. We worked hard with Jessica to grade her exercises at a level she could manage. She can now move her head easily in any direction or at any speed without these troublesome symptoms. Jessica can also hop, jump and run without a loss of balance, something she couldn’t easily do prior to intervention.
Jessica has made massive leaps and returned to school fulltime having attended seven sessions over nine weeks. She is symptom free and plans to be back on the netball courts this season.
Well done Jessica!