Overview of Treatment:
Phase One is to reduce acute symptoms through activity scheduling, develop an understanding of triggers and how to avoid them and following a daily activity schedule that includes regular brain breaks.
Once symptom management is achieved, Phase Two is to increase daily activity, activity duration and exposure to typical environments with a continued emphasis on symptom management. Rehabilitation occurs when the individual gradually increases activity duration within their symptom tolerance. Repeated exposure to the activity without experiencing symptoms will eventually result in longer periods of activity tolerance, therefore duration, without triggering symptoms. This plan promotes a reintegration to their regular daily schedule pre injury, including a return to work.
Phase Three has a specific focus on required work tasks, both cognitive and physical as well as exposure to the specific work environment. Once the individual is able to tolerate 2-4 hours of consecutive activity, with brain breaks as needed, they are prepared to begin a gradual return to work. The return to work may include modified tasks completed in alternate environments.