What We Treat

Head Conditions & Injuries

Treating Head Conditions

Injuries or conditions relating to the head and brain can be frightening to seek treatment for, but can cause a lot of unnecessary pain. At VTFC, we treat a variety of different injuries and conditions related to the patient’s head, including concussions, TMD, vestibular rehabilitation, and headaches. Our Physical Therapists work closely with Virginia Spine Institute’s Neurologist Dr. Ebdlahad to treat all neurological problems.

Head Conditions & Injuries

Dizziness & Balance

Disorders of the vestibular system often cause symptoms of dizziness, balance difficulties, and visual impairments, such as visual blurring or double vision.  These symptoms are due to a disruption in the normal signaling of the vestibular system to the brain’s coordination and balance system. These disruptions can cause vertigo, sensations of spinning, balance difficulties, visual impairments, nausea, and sometimes vomiting.  The intensity of vestibular symptoms can range from mild and bothersome symptoms to symptoms which are completely disruptive and disabling.

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Concussions

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).  It can occur after an impact to your head or body causing a whiplash-type injury that causes your head and brain to move quickly back and forth. A concussion can be considered a brain bruise resulting altered brain function, altered mental state, and can even cause a loss of consciousness. The effects of a concussion are usually temporary; 80% recover within 2-3 weeks, but some concussion symptoms can cause lingering symptoms and continued difficulty with daily activities.

Our comprehensive Concussion Therapy Program includes extensive evaluations, including neurocognitive testing, to develop a prognosis of your recovery and a progressive treatment plan individually tailored to each and every patient. Testing performed in our program will identify weaknesses and help shape each patient’s most beneficial treatment plan.

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Headaches

Our staff of skilled physical therapists are the best at treating headaches in Reston, Virginia. We use a combination of manual therapy, motor control and strengthening exercises, as well as modalities (such as trigger point dry needling) to help our patients eliminate their headaches.

Types of headaches we treat:

  1. Migraine Headaches
  2. Cervicogenic Headaches
  3. Cluster Headaches

Other related diagnoses that often cause headaches:

  1. Cervical Facet Syndrome
  2. Cervical Disc Herniation
  3. Post Cervical Fusion Syndrome
  4. Spondylosis
  5. Whiplash
  6. Cervical Muscle Strain
  7. Cervical Ligament Sprain
  8. Temporomandibular disorders 

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) affects the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). Those who suffer with TMD tend to have pain and discomfort with their jaw, as well as the area surrounding it. They can also have limited movement of their jaw, and a possible clicking sound coming from their jaw.

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