CONCUSSION REHAB

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?

A concussion is an acute neurophysiological event induced by traumatic biomechanics forces to the head, neck or body as a result of sudden acceleration, deceleration or rotational force. This trauma will result in a set of clinical symptoms that may or may not include a loss of consciousness.

A concussion can be sustained from:

  • a motor vehicle crash

  • sport or recreational injury

  • falls

  • workplace injury

  • assault

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CONCUSSION SYMPTOMS

Symptoms that persist beyond the natural recovery period of 7-10 days are considered post-concussion syndrome. These symptoms may include:

  • Headache

  • Dizziness/Vertigo

  • Fatigue

  • Brain fog/cognitive challenges

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Vision changes, such as light sensitivity

  • Noise sensitivity

  • Behavioural changes, such as irritability

  • Anxiety, depression and changes in mood

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CONCUSSION TREATMENT

There is no one-size-fits-all for concussion care, as every patient presents with different symptoms. Common treatment options may include:

  • vestibular-ocular rehabilitation

  • cardiovascular training

  • dynamic and static postural stability

  • cervical spine biomechanics and kinesthetic function 

  • education and activity planning and pacing

  • return to sport/activity

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