Concussion is a common injury in sport and needs to expertly managed to prevent long term illness and allow for safe return to sport, work and/or school.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that affects the brain's processes. It does not always involve a direct blow to the head and can occur as a result of a whiplash type injury involving rapid acceleration/deceleration movement of the head and neck causing the brain to shake within the skull.
What are the symptoms of concussion?
The symptoms of concussion are variable and can involve headaches and migraines, neck pain, dizziness, loss of coordination, confusion, tiredness, memory loss and amnesia, tinnitus, nausea and vomiting, anxiety and depression.
Concussion symptoms will often resolve spontaneously however we now know that simply ‘resting’ following a concussion is inadequate medical advice and can lead to longer lasting symptoms. Patients prescribed rest are at risk of post concussion syndrome whereby symptoms can last weeks to months and sometimes years. It is vitally important that a concussed patient see a concussion specialist as soon as possible following a concussion to help reduce recovery times and improve concussion recovery.
Our clinicians have undergone extensive training through the complete concussion management institute and stay up to date with the latest concussion research and treatment options.
What happens during my concussion consultation?
We provide clients a comprehensive approach to their concussion management.
We gather a detailed history of your complaint and identify the cause of your symptoms. Concussions can lead to a mismatch between the brain, neck, vestibular (balance) and visual system.
It is our job to identify what could be causing your concussion symptoms, helping you over come symptoms and regain control of your life. We understand concussion can be a scary diagnosis for you and family so we think it is vitally important to educate you about your concussion and help ease any fears you have.
We will assess the neck for signs of whiplash and injury, assess your vestibular and visual systems and diagnose your issue correctly. Following our detailed concussion assessment, we often treat the neck and prescribe a range of different exercises to help with your vestibular and visual dysfunctions.
Finally, we use our clinical expertise in concussion and the latest concussion research along with your individual circumstance to decide the correct return to play, work or school strategy. This helps limit the risk of subsequent concussions and long term brain injury.