Concussion Treatment in BC

What is it?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when a blow, jolt, or impact to the head causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth within the skull. This movement can result in chemical changes in the brain and sometimes damage to brain cells. Concussions can happen from various activities such as sports injuries, car accidents, falls, or physical altercations.

Symptoms of a concussion can vary widely but may include headache, dizziness, confusion, memory problems, nausea or vomiting, sensitivity to light or noise, and changes in mood or behavior. In some cases, symptoms may be subtle and not immediately apparent.

It’s important to seek medical attention if a concussion is suspected, as repeated concussions can have serious long-term consequences. Treatment typically involves rest, both physical and cognitive, as well as monitoring for any complications. In some cases, rehabilitation may be necessary to help with symptoms such as balance or memory problems.

Return to activities, especially sports, should be guided by a healthcare professional to ensure the individual has fully recovered and is not at risk for further injury. Overall, proper management and understanding of concussions are crucial for ensuring the best possible outcomes for those affected.

Benefits of treatment:

  • The benefits of concussion treatment are significant and can have a positive impact on both the individual’s short-term recovery and long-term health. Here are several key benefits:Symptom Management: Proper concussion treatment can help alleviate the various symptoms associated with a concussion, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and cognitive difficulties. By managing these symptoms effectively, individuals can experience improved comfort and overall well-being during the recovery process.

    Faster Recovery: Appropriate treatment can promote a faster recovery from a concussion. This typically involves a combination of physical and cognitive rest, gradual return to activities, and symptom monitoring. With guidance from healthcare professionals, individuals can recover more efficiently and return to their normal routines sooner.

    Prevention of Complications: Concussions can sometimes lead to complications if not managed properly. These complications may include prolonged symptoms, post-concussion syndrome, or second impact syndrome (a rare but serious condition where a second concussion occurs before the first has fully healed). Treatment aims to minimize the risk of such complications and ensure a smooth recovery process.

    Prevention of Long-Term Effects: There is growing awareness of the potential long-term effects of repeated concussions, particularly in the context of sports-related injuries. By receiving appropriate treatment for a concussion, individuals may reduce their risk of experiencing long-term cognitive impairment, mood disturbances, or other neurological issues later in life.

    Individualized Care: Concussion treatment is often tailored to the specific needs of the individual. Healthcare professionals assess the severity of the concussion, identify any unique risk factors or complications, and develop a personalized treatment plan. This individualized approach ensures that each person receives the care and support necessary for their recovery.

    Education and Awareness: Concussion treatment involves educating both patients and their families about the nature of concussions, the importance of proper recovery, and strategies for preventing future injuries. By increasing awareness and understanding, individuals are better equipped to recognize the signs of a concussion, seek prompt medical attention, and take appropriate precautions in the future.

    Overall, the benefits of concussion treatment extend beyond just the immediate recovery period, encompassing improved well-being, reduced risk of complications, and enhanced long-term brain health. It underscores the importance of early intervention and comprehensive care for anyone who has experienced a concussion.

Who can benefit:

Concussion treatment can benefit anyone who has experienced a concussion, regardless of age, gender, or the cause of the injury. The following are groups of people who can benefit from concussion treatment:

1. **Athletes**: Athletes who participate in contact sports such as football, soccer, hockey, and basketball are at risk of experiencing concussions. Prompt and appropriate treatment can help them recover from a concussion, reduce the risk of complications, and safely return to play.

2. **Children and Adolescents**: Children and teenagers are particularly vulnerable to concussions due to their participation in sports and recreational activities. Concussion treatment is crucial for this age group to ensure proper recovery and minimize any potential long-term effects on brain health and development.

3. **Adults**: Adults can also benefit from concussion treatment, especially those who engage in activities that carry a risk of head injury, such as workplace accidents, motor vehicle collisions, or falls. Treatment helps adults manage symptoms, prevent complications, and facilitate a smooth return to work and daily activities.

4. **Motor Vehicle Accident**: Individuals who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents may sustain concussions as a result of head trauma (with or without contact). They benefit from prompt evaluation and treatment for concussions to address symptoms, prevent complications, and support recovery following the accident.

5. **Prior Concussions**: People who have experienced multiple concussions, whether due to sports, accidents, or other causes, may benefit from ongoing concussion treatment to manage symptoms, monitor for complications, and reduce the risk of cumulative brain injury.

Overall, anyone who has experienced a concussion can benefit from timely and comprehensive treatment to promote recovery, prevent complications, and safeguard long-term brain health and well-being.

When to see a therapist:

It’s crucial for someone to see a healthcare professional if they suspect they have sustained a concussion. Here are some situations where seeking medical attention is advisable:

1. **Following a Head Injury**: If someone experiences a blow to the head or body that causes symptoms such as headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, sensitivity to light or noise, difficulty concentrating, or memory problems, they should seek medical attention promptly. Even if symptoms seem mild initially, they can worsen over time, so it’s important not to ignore them.

2. **Participation in High-Risk Activities**: Individuals participating in high-risk activities such as contact sports (football, hockey, soccer, etc.), recreational activities (skiing, snowboarding, cycling, etc.), or occupations with a risk of head injury (construction work, military service, etc.) should be especially vigilant about seeking medical evaluation if they experience head trauma, even if they are wearing protective gear.

3. **Persistent or Worsening Symptoms**: If symptoms of a concussion persist or worsen over time, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional. Symptoms that may indicate a worsening condition include severe or worsening headache, repeated vomiting, seizures, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in extremities, loss of consciousness, confusion that does not improve, or behavioral changes.

4. **History of Concussions**: Individuals who have a history of concussions or other traumatic brain injuries should be particularly cautious and seek medical evaluation promptly if they sustain another head injury, as repeated concussions can have cumulative effects and increase the risk of long-term complications.

5. **Motor Vehicle Accident**: Individuals who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents may sustain concussions as a result of head trauma. They should seek medical evaluation promptly, especially if they experience symptoms such as headache, confusion, dizziness, or nausea following the accident, as these could indicate a concussion or other traumatic brain injury.

Overall, anyone who experiences head trauma, whether from sports, accidents, or other causes, should seek medical evaluation if they exhibit symptoms of a concussion or have concerns about their condition. Early intervention and appropriate management are essential for optimizing outcomes and minimizing the risk of long-term complications.

How therapy can help:

Manual therapy, provided by trained therapists such as physiotherapists or chiropractors, can play a supportive role in the treatment of concussions. While direct manipulation of the head or neck may not be appropriate due to the sensitivity of the injury, manual therapy techniques targeting related areas of the body can be beneficial. Manual therapists and therapy can help by:

1. **Addressing Musculoskeletal Dysfunction**: Concussions often result in muscle tension, stiffness, and imbalances in the neck, shoulders, and upper back due to the body’s protective response to the injury. Manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, therapeutic massage, and manipulation (when appropriate) can help alleviate these issues, reduce muscle tension, and improve flexibility and range of motion.

2. **Alleviating Headaches**: Headaches are a common symptom of concussions, and manual therapy techniques targeting the neck and upper back can help alleviate tension headaches and cervicogenic headaches associated with the injury. Gentle manipulation of the cervical spine, along with soft tissue techniques to release tight muscles, can help reduce headache frequency and intensity.

3. **Improving Posture**: Concussions can affect posture and balance, leading to compensatory movement patterns and muscle imbalances. Manual therapy can help correct these issues by addressing postural alignment, releasing tight muscles, and restoring proper joint mechanics. Improving posture can reduce strain on the neck and upper back and promote better overall body mechanics during activities of daily living.

4. **Reducing Neck Pain and Stiffness**: Many individuals with concussions experience neck pain and stiffness as a result of the injury. Manual therapy techniques such as gentle joint mobilization, stretching, and myofascial release can help reduce pain and improve mobility in the neck and surrounding tissues. This can enhance comfort and function during daily activities and rehabilitation exercises.

It’s important for manual therapists to have specialized training and experience in concussion management to ensure safe and effective treatment. Additionally, manual therapy should be integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan overseen by a healthcare professional familiar with concussion management guidelines. By addressing musculoskeletal dysfunction and promoting overall wellness, manual therapy can contribute to the rehabilitation process and support recovery from concussions.

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    Kimberly Toeun
    Kimberly Toeun
    September 15, 2022.
    I have been going here regularly. I have used almost all the services (massage, chiro, acupuncture, physio). All have been absolutely amazing. Everyone I have encountered so far have been super knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. Anyone living in the area I would highly recommend going here. Very convenient location and they do direct billing of course. Really like their online booking system. It’s easy and convenient. Front staff are also very friendly.
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    August 21, 2022.
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    August 21, 2022.
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    July 20, 2022.
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    July 7, 2022.
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    May 9, 2022.
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    April 16, 2022.
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    April 13, 2022.
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