Concussion Management

A concussion is an injury to the brain which occurs when the brain moves or twists and strikes the inside of the skull. This can cause a change in how the brain functions without necessarily causing a change in the structure of the brain. Falls, motor vehicle accidents and sports related injuries are common causes of concussion among adults and youth. After acute management of concussion, functionally limiting symptoms may persist and can include headache, dizziness, light-sensitivity, ringing in the ears, fatigue, emotional changes and difficulty completing cognitive tasks. The proper timing and utilization of client education, pacing, activity modification, vestibular therapy, exertion-graded exercise and graduated return to daily activity facilitates a return to normal functioning at home, school, sports and the workplace. Our evidence based approach to concussion management utilizes occupational therapy, physiotherapy and kinesiology.

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