Sports Medicine

Study: Could controlled exercise help concussions?

By Rachel Elzufon

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – Doctors say in the past decade, there has been a surge in interest in concussions, especially those related to sports.

Recently, specialists at the University at Buffalo’s Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine have been looking into how to better treat the head injury.

“There’s really no good treatment right now for concussions,” said Dr. John Leddy, the medical director of the UB Concussion Management Clinic and physical with UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

Leddy, who also works as a clinical professor in the Department of Orthopaedics in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB, explained that while there has been a lot of research in concussion prevention and what to do when someone initially gets a concussion, but not as much research regarding treatment of the head injury.

“It’s important to rest right after a concussion. That we know,” explained Dr. Leddy. “What we don’t know is how much rest is sufficient, and how much you should introduce of activity.”

In the study, Leddy and researchers give patients controlled, light exercises. This occurs after an initial examination.

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