The diagnosis of a concussion means that there has been some form of direct or indirect trauma to the head. The impact to the head causes chemical changes in the brain, which results in the experience of a variety of symptoms. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and can negatively impact a person’s quality of life.
Seeing a Registered Physiotherapist trained in the assessment and treatment of concussion injuries can put you on the right path to a faster recovery.
People will experience concussions differently based on their specific injury and which brain systems are most affected. The visual and vestibular areas of the brain are usually the most involved. These two systems are involved in all our day-to-day functions involving our eyes, head, and neck.
A concussion is produced because of head trauma. Because the head and neck are closely related anatomically, it is not uncommon for trauma to the head to also result in trauma to the neck. In fact, it is not possible to have a concussion without having an associated whiplash injury to your neck.
The signs and symptoms of a whiplash include:
Most concussions resolve on their own in about 10-14 days. However, some people will continue to experience symptoms beyond that timeframe. If the symptoms persist longer than 1-2 months, then the concussion may be diagnosed as post-concussion syndrome (PCS). PCS can last for several months or even years after a concussion if appropriate treatment is not started.
Physiotherapy can greatly improve the symptoms of a concussion or PCS. You do not have to live with these disruptive symptoms. There are available treatments provided by Registered Physiotherapists that will help not only manage symptoms but also help you get back to your life.
Physiotherapy treatments aimed at treating a concussion or PCS is referred to as concussion rehabilitation. Like other injuries, concussion treatment starts with an assessment. The physiotherapist will perform a series of tests to establish the severity of the symptoms. These tests will help the physiotherapist identify difficulties with:
Once the physiotherapist has gathered this information, he or she will use it to develop a treatment plan to target the patient’s problem areas. In general, concussion rehabilitation will include the following components:
At PhysioNow, we understand how overwhelming concussion symptoms can feel. Therefore, we book our concussion assessments for 60 minutes so that our patients have enough time with a registered physiotherapist to really go through their injury and symptoms. The concussion assessments are done in our private rooms so that patients are away from busy environments, noise, and strong lighting, which may be triggering for their symptoms. Our follow-up appointments are booked for 40 minutes so that there is enough time to work with the physiotherapist through the treatment plan.
Like any injury, working with a Registered Physiotherapist trained in concussion management can make a huge difference to a person’s overall well-being and quality of life. Some of the expected outcomes of starting a concussion rehabilitation program include:
Do not let your concussion injury stop you from living your life. We have 4 locations across the communities of Mississauga and Etobicoke to help you manage your symptoms. Contact PhysioNow today and let us help you get started with your recovery!
The only way to prevent concussion is the Use of helmets, Fasten your seat belts while driving, proper lighting and handrails at home.
The best way to treat concussion is Rest and take time off work or school. Avoid strenuous physical or mental tasks. Avoid tiring activities such as heavy cleaning, exercising, working on the computer, or playing video games followed by Manual therapy, Vestibular and Visual Rehab and exercises
In cases where symptoms last longer than one or two months, doctors may diagnose Post-Concussion Syndrome
The major risk of not treating a concussion may be prolonged and persistent symptoms that continue to interrupt a person’s day to day life. This may negatively impact their quality of life and lead to emotional and mental distress.
Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder in which various symptoms — such as headaches and dizziness last for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that caused the concussion.
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