Concussions are mild brain injuries which can be caused either by whiplash or a direct blow to the head. Concussion symptoms are variable but typically include headaches, nausea, dizziness, light and sound sensitivity and decreased cognitive function.
The vast majority of people who sustain a concussion are symptom free within 7 to 10 days, however with severe or repetitive concussions symptoms often last longer. If concussion symptoms linger physiotherapists can assist in rehabilitation and return to function.
Concussion treatment is as variable as the symptoms resulting from them but typically begins with rest and then a slow, monitored return to activity, school, work, exercise and sport. Research has proven that graded exercise training is helpful in concussion rehabilitation as increased blood perfusion of the brain speeds the healing process. Other helpful treatments include dizziness rehabilitation (see vestibular section), balance retraining, visual function exercises, whiplash rehabilitation (see motor vehicle accident section) cervical spine manual therapy and recommendations for lifestyle adaptations and returning to full cognitive function.
The physiotherapists at Summit are specially trained to identify the unique needs and subsequent management of an individuals concussion.