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Concussion and Vestibular Dysfunction: (I feel like I’m constantly seasick) 

Concussion and Vestibular Dysfunction: (I feel like I’m constantly seasick)
Concussion and Vestibular Dysfunction: (I feel like I’m constantly seasick)

Brian Hainline

, Lindsey J. Gurin

, and Daniel M. Torres

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date: 20 April 2021

Vestibular dysfunction is common following concussion, and the development of severe dizziness is a predictor of prolonged post-concussion recovery. Vestibular dysfunction is also a clinical domain of concussion that benefits from domain-specific rehabilitation. Unfortunately, post-concussion patients with complaints of dizziness, or worsening vestibular symptoms with exercise, are too often advised to rest, and prolonged rest can worsen vestibular dysfunction. If vestibular dysfunction does manifest in an individual with concussion and is not addressed, it can lead to persistent post-concussive symptoms that may be misunderstood as a more severe brain injury or prolonged recovery from concussion.

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