A concussion is a very serious injury that should be monitored and treated properly. It is important to prevent a potential secondary and fatal injury but also to optimize recovery. A concussion is defined as a mild traumatic brain injury induced by a hit to the head or whiplash-type injury. This causes the brain tissue to shear and twist. It often leads to a temporary functional disturbance and if you have a concussion you may experience different symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light/noise, emotional imbalance, and other symptoms.
Our certified therapists are able to provide treatment for both acute concussion and Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS). Our assessments include screening to rule out serious injuries, a thorough patient history questionnaire (ie. how the injury happened, previous concussions, symptoms, etc), evaluating eye movement and coordination with the inner ear, as well as an assessment of the neck.
You will receive education regarding concussion management at home which includes information specific to their condition (ie. appropriate cognitive or physical activity, retraining for the inner ear and eyes, and/or exercise prescription for the neck). If you are experiencing neck dysfunction we can also provide hands-on treatment in the clinic. Guidance will be provided for a safe return to sport, school or work, based on recent research. If a more serious injury is suspected, our therapists may refer you back to your medical doctor at any point in the recovery process.
If you present with any of the following, go to the Emergency Room:
- Worsening headache
- Inability to recognize people/places
- Repeated vomiting
- Unusual behaviour, confusion or irritability
- Drowsiness or inability to be awakened
- Weakness or numbness in arms or legs
- Unsteadiness on their feet
- Slurred speech