Finding Concussion Therapy Post-Trauma
Early identification and management of concussion symptoms are associated with better outcomes. Severe concussion symptoms (loss of consciousness, severe headache or neck pain, repeated vomiting, significant confusion, numbness/tingling/weakness in arms or legs, and seizures) should be assessed immediately in the emergency department. Mild to moderate symptoms should be assessed by your primary care physician or nurse practitioner as soon as possible. You should be referred to concussion rehabilitation early, to manage your symptoms and guide your return to activity. Physiotherapy can help you manage every phase of your concussion healing process, from early post-injury all the way to return to work, sports, and school.
In the case of concussions, research no longer supports complete mental and physical rest until symptoms subside. Your brain and body do need to heal and you do need to modify your activities to manage your symptoms and reduce the risk of a second concussion. But you should have help in determining how much activity is safe for your injury. Your physiotherapist is trained to help you to build a plan of modified activity to gradually return to your daily life.
You should seek treatment from a physiotherapist who has training in concussion rehabilitation. These physiotherapists have taken specialized courses to identify and treat the many components of concussion injury. At Amped Physiotherapy, we have several therapists trained in vestibular therapy to help you return to your daily life.
If you believe you have sustained a concussion, please contact Amped Physiotherapy so we can do a thorough exam and get you on a recovery plan!