BetterLife Physio

Concussion Management and Rehabilitation

What is a Concussion?

A concussion, which is sometimes called minor traumatic brain injury, caused by a blow, hit as in sports injuries and falls, or jolt of sudden movement of head, as in whiplash car accident. That mechanism of injury can cause the brain to bounce around in the skull which affects your brain function. Effects could be loss of consciousness, but most of the time do not, or temporary headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination.

What are Symptoms of Concussions?

The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and may not show up immediately. Symptoms can last for days, weeks or even longer. Common symptoms after a concussion traumatic brain injury are headache, memory dysfunction and confusion.

Physical Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion may include:

● Headache
● Ringing in the ears
● Nausea
● Vomiting
● Fatigue or drowsiness
● Blurry vision
● Irritability and other personality changes
● Sensitivity to light and noise
● Sleep disturbances
● Psychological adjustment problems and depression

Other signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

● Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
● Memory dysfunction surrounding the traumatic event
● Dizziness or “seeing stars”

Concussion Physiotherapy Management:

Our physiotherapy approach, at “BetterLife Physiotherapy”, for post-concussion syndrome rehabilitation includes manual therapy, trigger points release, cervicogenic manual approach, balance exercises, vestibulo-ocular rehabilitation exercises, saccade exercises, physical and cognitive exercises for specific function of the brain as memory training, aiming to return to play, return to work and/or optimize daily living activities.