A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that alters the way the brain functions. A bad enough blow to the head or body, often during sports, falls or accidents, can shake the brain inside the skull resulting in temporary loss of consciousness, and possible bruising, damage to the blood vessels, and injury to the nerves. In most cases, the effects are not permanent, however, the symptoms, like headaches, loss of concentration, memory, balance and coordination, can feel like a prison sentence while they last.
At Propel Physiotherapy, we use best practice guidelines for management of post-concussion related symptoms and return to activity or sport. Once a diagnosis is made by a medical professional — sport medicine doctor, family doctor, neurologist, physiatrist — we work in collaboration to achieve an optimal outcome. If you don’t yet have a diagnosis when your first contact us, we can refer to you an appropriate professional.
We use a number of tests and outcome measures including the BESS, mCTSIB Rivermead post-concussion questionnaire and Brainfx 360 to assess and guide your treatment. We begin by providing up to date education and information on concussion treatment and management to the client and family to help them make the best choices regarding their care. Our extensive experience treating dizziness and balance impairments with vestibular dysfunction has helped pave the way for our concussion program. Treatment includes a comprehensive physical assessment, physician referral (where necessary), baseline testing of relevant physical measures, education and a gradual guided program of return to function.