Healthy Living

Lily Winton, a high school student at Newton North in Newton, is not your typical teenager. She suffered a tubing accident in the summer of 2015 that resulted in her third concussion. Her prior concussions were incurred from playing competitive soccer. During her road to recovery from post-concussion syndrome (PCS), Lily learned some essential tips that may be useful for anyone suffering from concussions – and in Massachusetts, that is a lot of people. 

Lily Winton and Jessica GravelA recent study from Blue Cross Blue Shield shows that Massachusetts has the highest rate of diagnosed youth concussions in the country. Every year, millions of people of all ages have concussions that occur from regular daily living, including falls on the ice, accidents, and playing sports.

Here, Lily shares her suggestions for recovery that she used, along with her near-daily work with her physical therapist, Jessica Gravel, the senior physical therapist and outpatient concussion coordinator with Emerson Hospital’s Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies.

The following are therapies and approaches Lily found very useful for helping her recover from PCS, which included severe headaches, neck and back pain, organizational challenges and memory issues:

For more information about concussions or recovering from head injuries, please contact Emerson Hospital’s Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies at 978-287-8200 or visit www.emersonhospital.org/rehab.

Photo caption, left to right: Lily Winton and her physical therapist, Jessica Gravel, at Emerson Hospital’s Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies