Did you know that concussions are the most common form of head injury caused by an impact or forceful motion of the head or other body part? They can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. Sports, car accidents and falls are common causes of concussions.
Interestingly, most concussions do NOT include a loss of consciousness. In fact, signs and symptoms of a concussion can be delayed for several hours or in some cases even a few days following the incident.
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion Include:
Fogginess and difficulty thinking
Trouble concentrating and remembering
Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
Sleeping more or less than usual
All head injuries need to be taken seriously. Be sure to seek immediate medical attention if you suspect a concussion.
Fortunately with proper concussion management a return to activity is possible and physiotherapy can help. Physiotherapists contribute to a patient’s concussion recovery as part of an interdisciplinary care team which may include your family doctor, an occupational therapist and perhaps a neurologist or head injury specialist. Physiotherapists may screen for concussion, conduct a diagnosis of presenting signs and symptoms, and treat those impairments that are responsive to physiotherapy management. Specifically, physiotherapy can help with:
A variety of balance and coordination, vision, and cervical spine function issues
Assessing and managing a personalized rehabilitation and treatment plan with a strategic return to work/play timeline
Referrals to other healthcare professionals when indicated
Remember, everyone is different and each person will progress at his/her own pace. Our physiotherapy team will be with you every step of the way.
Interested in learning more about concussions and brain injuries? Visit Concussion Awareness Training Tool for up to date information on concussions.