One of the most missed and under-treated symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) is light sensitivity, trouble reading, and driving at night especially when only whiplash has been diagnosed. This symptom can last from months to years following an undiagnosed concussion. The National Center for Biotechnology Information1 (NCBI) has case studies about how prevalent misdiagnosis is and the serious physiologic and psychologic consequences for the undiagnosed individuals.

In PCS, people may experience a change in visual acuity almost instantly and if they report this to the emergency room staff or their physician, they have a greater chance of being properly diagnosed with a Functional MRI. But because this is often unreported at t...

When we were children, we enjoyed spinning until we dropped. We giggled, held our head in our hands, and fell on the lawn as we looked up to watch the clouds, tree-tops and the faces of our playmates above us turning like the spin cycle of a clothes drier. I remember feeling this “giddiness” as I stumbled off the merry-go-round in the school yard or local park. Unfortunately to many people, this sensation can feel sickening and can surprise us when it happens out of the blue or after an unfriendly event such as a head injury, whiplash or a medical condition.

Eleven years ago, I was very congested and blew my nose a bit too hard and the next thing I felt was that same kind of spinning after being on the teacup ride at the fair. I...

Everyone knows someone who has bumped their head or experienced a more serious impact at one time or another.

Parents of kids in sports have all had to learn the signs and symptoms of concussions and sign the waiver for their child to play.  While we can all agree that hitting our heads is not something to take lightly, many people don’t realize that whiplash is a common and overlooked cause of concussions. During whiplash, the brain (an incredibly soft organ), sloshes back and forth within the hard protective skull and may hit more than two inner surfaces, thus bruising the brain and causing headaches, which is a hallmark of a concussion.

A list of symptoms besides a headache is called Post-Concussion Sy...

Written by Mariel C. Kraus. OTR/L, LSVT-Big Certified for Movement Disorders

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and it is very fitting that it is also Occupational Therapy (OT) Month because it is this allied health profession that has been instrumental in improving the function, independence, and quality of life for folks with not only Parkinson’s Disease (PD) but all neurologic disorders. (1)

Almost everyone knows an older person with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). According to the NIH(2), Parkinson disease affects more than 1 million people in North America and more than 4 million people worldwide. In the United States, Parkinson disease occurs in approximately 13 per 100,000 people, and about 60,000 new cases are identified each...

Plan to THRIVE in Place - By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L, CAPS - CGA

 As seen in Gig Harbor Living Local, January 2018 edition.

Gig Harbor is a wonderful inter-generational community with a thriving population of young families who have children of all ages, and sandwiched generation families who are caring for aging parents while still raising active kids. We worry about the safety of our children AND our parents whenever we are not present to supervise. We are emotionally invested in our homes for all the memories that fill each room.

In a study by AARP (Source: AARP PPI, "What is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults," April 2014), “87% of adults age 65+ want to stay in their current home and community as they age. Among peo...

February 2, 2017

Integrative Therapeutic Solutions is unique in many ways and it all starts with our own experience of injury, pain, and our healing journey.  

 I have known pain in my body. I have walked in the shoes of many of my patient's and have worked through the healing process using my clinical skills.  Bob, our resiliency instructor can also relate to our patients and offers educational support to their caregivers so that they can continue to care for our patients.

When I was given a diagnosis and told by my orthopedist I would have to learn to deal with it, I researched with a fierce tenacity to problem-solve my own painful conditions which ranged from neck injuries, torn shoulders, bursitis, and nerve impingemen...

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