Concussions are not usually life-threatening. However, the effects from a concussion can be serious and last for days, weeks or even longer.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that results from a bump, violent jolt, or blows to your head that disrupts normal brain function. A concussion can also be caused by a hit to your body that is strong enough to cause your head to forcefully jerk backward, forwards, or to the side.
Concussions stretch and bruise nerves and blood vessels and cause chemical changes in your brain that result in a temporary loss of normal brain function. A single concussion usually doesn’t cause permanent damage to your brain. Multiple concussions over a lifetime may result in structural changes in your brain.
The signs of a concussion may include:
- memory problems
- drowsiness or feeling sluggish
- double vision or blurred vision
- nausea or vomiting
- sensitivity to light or noise
- balance problems
- slowed reaction to stimuli
Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)
Post-Concussion Syndrome is a complex disorder in which various symptoms — such as headaches and dizziness — last for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that caused the concussion. Most people recover from concussion relatively quickly within a few hours or days with rest and sleep. Most people are able to return to work within two weeks of the injury. Symptoms can last longer for some people and can seem more severe than perhaps a casual observer would guess from the initial injury.
Post-Concussion Syndrome describes the situation where someone is experiencing the more severe and long-lasting after-effects of a relatively mild blow to the head.
At the Waterfall Clinic our therapists have completed further education in concussion assessment and treatment. We take a structured and timely approach to treatment and monitor symptoms closely to allow safe return to sport. We use standardized assessments and evidence-based treatment techniques in rehabilitation.
Our experienced neuro physiotherapists offer baseline concussion testing which is extremely useful as a comparison should the athlete get a concussion injury. We also assess cognitive and vestibular function which can be impacted by a concussion injury.
Our therapists are recognized clinicians in cognitive testing and evaluation and have completed further training in this area. We provide rehabilitation for all the symptoms of concussions including cognitive rehabilitation and vestibular rehabilitation.
- Balance re-education
- Neck and cervical strengthening
- Vestibular rehabilitation
- Muscle strengthening
- Functional training
- Motion Guidance Visual Feedback Rehabilitation
”My daughter Laura sustained a concussion recently during a football match. We didn’t realize at the time what had happened. The next day the GP diagnosed her with concussion. It was very frightening for both Laura and us. We contacted The Waterfall Clinic and saw Johanne. She immediately reassured us and explained to us what exactly a concussion was. She was so thorough in her assessment and started Laura on a specific rehabilitation programme monitoring her progress as she recovered. Thankfully, Laura recovered in a number of weeks. The professional guidance and care we got at The Waterfall Clinic was second to none. I would highly recommend Johanne for anyone who not only has a concussion but also any neurological condition. She listens, shows empathy, and puts the patient at the Centre of the rehabilitation process.Cathy Donaghy
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