What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. Injury to the neck, including soft tissue and muscle injury, as well as the vestibular system, are also common with concussions.
The signs of a concussion may include:
- memory problems
- drowsiness or feeling sluggish
- double vision or blurred vision
- nausea or vomiting
- balance problems
- sensitivity to light
- slowed reaction to stimuli
The symptoms may begin immediately, or they may not develop for hours, days, weeks, or even months following your injury.
At ALPHA Health Services, we offer concussion rehabilitation. Our physiotherapists are trained extensively in concussion management, conduct leading-edge research in the field, and train other physiotherapists in how to manage and rehabilitate concussion. We are affiliated with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital and Women’s College Hospital.
What is Concussion Rehabilitation?
We cater the rehabilitation to each individual and focus on treating the person, rather than just the symptoms. It is important that you are aware of what a concussion is and what can aggravate your symptoms. We take the time to educate you on the mechanism of injury, why symptoms can be aggravated, and what you can do to help yourself. We also address secondary issues that may be contributing to concussion symptoms – specifically injury to the neck, or vestibular symptom. Often these areas are overlooked after a concussion, but they can mimic symptoms of a concussion. We are passionate about helping and rehabilitating patients post-concussion.
What to expect at your first visit
At your first visit, we will get to learn more about your injury, your symptoms, and who you are. We will perform a physical assessment to identify possible injuries in the neck or vestibular system. From there, we will educate you on your injury, and put a rehabilitation plan in place.
Is rehabilitation only for kids?
No! Concussions can affect anyone, at any age. We treat concussion injuries, not age groups!
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
You do not need a doctors referral for physiotherapy, but we ask that you have been cleared by a doctor prior to commencing physiotherapy.
Concussion Initial Assessment (60 minutes): $120
Concussion Treatment (45 minutes): $90
** Physiotherapy is covered by most extended health care benefit plans.
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