Publication Date

Spring 2015

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Doctor of Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Russell E. Carter, PT, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Renee Theiss, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Rebecca K. Wojcik, PT, Ed.D., GCS


Background: Post concussion syndrome has become more common in adolescents involved in school related sports. Management of dizziness and imbalance is challenging after concussion; vestibular rehabilitation has been shown to reduce symptoms and improve balance.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe and implement appropriate interventions for a patient with suspected post concussion syndrome. A combined approach using targeted physical therapeutic exercise as well as functional tasks were evaluated and assessed.

Case description: The patient was a 16 year old Caucasian female who presented to the clinic with a physician order to evaluate and treat vestibular symptoms congruent with concussion. She presented with impairments in balance, vision, coordination and proprioception. She had sustained a head injury six months prior to evaluation.

Outcomes: This case report found that interventions addressing balance and gait were effective in the rehabilitation for a patient with vestibular symptoms.

Discussion: The physical therapy interventions designed for this patient to address balance and coordination were effective. Additional studies would be beneficial to further refine intervention procedures for other individual cases.