Suspect a Concussion?
Rest is no longer considered the best approach to concussion care. Early intervention of various therapies can significantly improve recovery following a concussion. Through a thorough assessment and the right treatment approach, trained healthcare practitioners can help patients safely return to learn, work and play.
At Complete Balance Health Centre we treat Concussions and their symptoms.
What is concussion?
A concussion is a type of brain injury or trauma caused by a bump, blow, a sudden jolt to the head, or even a hit to the body causing the brain to rapidly accelerate and decelerate from inside. This leads to chemical changes in the brain, making it more sensitive and susceptible to increased stress levels and a secondary injury. This is why it’s crucial to take proper measures in order to achieve full recovery and return to the quality of life you deserve to have.
Concussions can happen from a motor vehicle accident, sport or recreational injury, falls, workplace injury or incident from home or playground.
Common Myths About Concussions
Q: Should someone with concussion solely rest until it passes?
A: False. According to research, sleep and rest may be required for maximum 2-3 days, but it should not be the only thing you should rely on. Nutrition, specific exercises and functional neurology training are components that can help boost recovery and health in the body and brain. Our goal is to encourage and ensure healing at its most optimal point so that you can sooner return to your best quality of life.
Q: Is it possible to get a concussion if my head wasn’t hit?
A: Yes, it is possible. Concussion requires rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head, ratting the brain within it. Damage in the brain tissues can occur with or without direct contact to the head, such as with a whiplash and/or a fall.
Q: I didn’t go unconscious so is that considered a concussion?
A: About 90 percent of diagnosed concussions do not involve loss of consciousness. That is why it is important to perform a concussion evaluation and testing at the first signs of impact.
Q: Can I get special imaging tests done for my concussion?
A: Advanced imaging may be helpful to exclude more severe brain injury involving structural abnormality or damage; however, concussion cannot be detected on standard imaging because concussion reflect a functional disturbance rather than a structural injury.
Symptoms of concussion
- Neck pain
- Sensitivity to light/sound
- Visual problems
- Balance issues
- Cognitive issues
- Feeling “in a fog”
- Fatigue, low energy
- Poor sleep
- Depression, irritability
- More emotional
- Hormonal change
At CBHC, we employ a multi-model baseline testing. Baseline testing is high recommended for athletes involved in sports with a high risk of concussion. When dealing with concussion, having access to an athlete’s pre-injury physical and mental abilities allows clinicians to make the most informed clinical decision. Baseline tests are vital part of the clinical decision making for clinicians to ensure a safe return to high risk sport.
High Risk sports:
- Ice hockey
- Cheer Leading
Contact us to schedule a Baseline testing for you or your team.