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Physiotherapy’s Big Role in Treating Symptoms of a Concussion

Concussions are a leading public health problem in North America, with between 1.6 to 3.8 million sport-related concussions happening each year. And in many cases, the symptoms of a concussion can greatly affect one’s daily routine.


The good news is that most patients with these sport-related concussions normally recover within two weeks. Aside from children and adolescents, other [patients who take longer to recover may need to consider going through additional treatments and physiotherapy sessions to alleviate their prolonged concussion, or mitigate the development of post-concussion syndrome (PCS).


Physiotherapy has a pivotal role in managing symptoms of concussion at any stage of the injury. At Move Health and Wellness, our specialists are dedicated to providing the all-around care plan tailored to the extent of the injury and our patient’s personal preferences. 


What’s a Concussion?

When someone:

  • Gets hit on the head

  • Is jolted suddenly, like if someone unexpectedly hits the brakes on the car you’re riding

  • Is hit somewhere else on their body that consequently causes their head to move back and forth…

In these cases, the brain may crash against the interior part of the skull and lose some functionality. This could manifest in noticeable changes around thinking, memory, balance coordinations, and emotions. 


If you or someone you know has recently gone through a rough accident, watch out for symptoms like headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, sensitivity to light or noise, and changes in behavior. While it’s possible for someone to lose consciousness, it’s not a common symptom.


If left untreated someone who is concussed will struggle with two issues:

  • First, the symptoms of a concussion last longer, and

  • The patient is at greater risk of repeat concussions. 


It’s a vicious cycle, and nobody should have to suffer through it.


Recovering From a Concussion

The recovery process is gradual and requires an abundance of patience, diligence, and appropriate support. With immediate and consistent treatment, the good news is that most people are capable of bouncing back from even the most serious concussions. This is why physiotherapy is an important consideration for any patient. 


Physiotherapy plays a pivotal role in concussion recovery, addressing symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and neck pain. By improving balance, coordination, and addressing musculoskeletal issues, physiotherapy facilitates a safe return to normal activities.


Ultimately, the aim of physiotherapy is to guide individuals back to their pre-injury level of activity safely and effectively.


How Physiotherapy Helps Manage Symptoms of a Concussion

The first session consists of a one-to-one assessment with a therapist, who will thoroughly document symptoms of concussion and medical history. Patients can expect physical tests that evaluate balance, coordination, and strength. 


From here, a personalized treatment plan is devised to alleviate symptoms and enhance functionality. This plan may include different exercises to bolster balance and coordination, alongside manual therapy techniques targeting pain and stiffness.


Beyond general physical therapy, our specialists may also employ specific techniques to target other symptoms of concussion as needed, like vestibular dysfunction, visual disturbances, and neck injuries. 


We recognize that every individual’s journey to recovery is unique. With this, all our care plans are tailored to each patient’s specific needs, symptoms, and goals. By personalizing our approach, we ensure that patients receive the comprehensive care and support necessary for optimal recovery and long-term brain health.


Key Takeaways

Through personalized assessment, targeted interventions, and invaluable education, physiotherapists play a pivotal role in guiding individuals through the journey to recovery. From addressing symptoms to promoting long-term brain health, physiotherapy as a practice offers a comprehensive approach that empowers individuals to reclaim their lives with confidence and resilience.


If you or someone you know is navigating the challenges of concussion recovery, don't face it alone. With our expertise and support, you can embark on a journey towards optimal recovery and renewed vitality. Don't wait to take charge of your well-being—reach out to one of our specialists and start your journey to recovery.

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