Have you ever experienced a concussion? Learn about how physiotherapy can help with concussion symptoms and management!

Maggie Bell, Physiotherapist

Concussions commonly occur in contact sports, motor vehicle accidents, or falls. A concussion may also be referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The signs and symptoms of a concussion are variable, and can last for months if not treated properly, which is referred to as post-concussion syndrome (McCrory, Meeuwise, Dvorak, et al., 2017).

Symptoms may include:

-Nausea

-sensitivity to light, noise

-brain fog

-headaches

-dizziness

-vertigo

-sleep disturbance

-mood changes

It’s important to realize that people can experience various other symptoms, and will have different symptoms at different times and intensities compared to others.

One method of assessment is the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT 5), however, this is not exclusively used on athletes. Click on the link to see what is covered in the assessment:

https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/bjsports/early/2017/04/26/bjsports-2017-097506SCAT5.full.pdf

For athletes, a Return to Sport protocol is used to safely integrate back into sports activities. The same principles can be used for any individual integrating back to their normal functional activities (BCIRPU, 2017).

Why should I go to a physiotherapist for my concussion?

A physiotherapist can assess the main causes of your symptoms and determine an integrative and multimodal approach to help you manage your symptoms in an effective and efficient way. This may include education, vestibular rehabilitation, therapy for neck pain, balance retraining, exercise prescription and progression, and relaxation strategies. However, each person’s treatment will be individual to their symptoms and functional limitations, and may involve other healthcare professionals as an interdisciplinary approach to treatment.

If you think a physiotherapist could help with your concussion symptoms, book an appointment and we would love to help you out.