Concussions are mild brain injuries which can be caused either by whiplash or a direct blow to the head. You do not need to lose consciousness to have a concussion! Concussion symptoms are variable but often include headaches, nausea, dizziness, light and sound sensitivity and decreased cognitive function.
If you receive a blow to the head or whiplash and believe you have a concussion you should seek immediate medical attention, either from your family doctor or urgent care facility and follow their medical advice.
In the very early stages of concussion rest is the best treatment. With proper rest the majority of people who sustain a concussion are symptom free within weeks, however with severe or repeated concussions symptoms often last longer.
If concussion symptoms linger physiotherapists can assist in rehabilitation and return to function, Concussion rehabilitation is complex and will address a variety of brain functions, including dizziness rehabilitation, balance and vision retraining, exercises to improve cognitive function and treatment of any neck injury.
The physiotherapists at Summit are specially trained to identify the unique needs and subsequent management of an individual’s concussion.