Concussion Rehabilitation Program
A concussion is a brain injury that can affect how your brain works. Concussions may happen because of a hit to the head, face, neck or somewhere else on the body. When this hit takes place, the brain moves back and forth inside the skull. If it moves hard enough, the brain can become injured. This can make your brain and body work and feel different.
Proper management of a concussion is key to help it resolve as quickly as possible. Adequate sleep, physical and cognitive rest, and proper nutrition are all part of the formula to help the healing brain. Most concussions resolve quickly with no specialized treatment (other than adequate rest for the healing brain) and there are no ongoing issues. However, 30% of people have symptoms that last longer than 4 weeks.
If your or your child's symptoms have not resolved after 4 weeks of proper rest, you may be diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome. Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) can occur after only one or after multiple concussions. PCS refers to a multitude of symptoms that can arise after a concussion and includes things such as difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to light and sound, headaches and dizziness.
The causes for PCS are varied, and include more than just the brain. Headaches and dizziness can be caused by muscle or joint injuries to the neck that were sustained in the impact, the small, sensitive organs of the inner ear, or eye muscle dysfunction that interferes with the coordination of eye and head movements.
If any of these are the cause for your ongoing problems, rest won’t fix it, and you will need a more in-depth look to assess what is underlying your ongoing symptoms. Momentum Physiotherapy has physiotherapists specially trained in the management of PCS. We use a number of tools in our Concussion Rehabilitation Program:
- Manual therapy to assess neck dysfunction and the factors that may cause headaches and dizziness post-concussion
- Graded exercise testing and prescription using an evidence-based protocol to assist with recovery and return to normal activity or competition post-concussion
- Vestibular rehabilitation to assess the potential vestibular and non-vestibular causes of concussion-related symptoms (including eye movement dysfunctions and dizziness)
- Education about your concussion rating
- A schedule that outlines when you can exercise, return to school activities and watch television and text.
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