Concussion Treatment and Management in Okotoks
Dynamic Physiotherapy is proud to be a certified Complete Concussion Management clinic. Our therapists have undergone extensive training, and are continually pursing further education to remain at the forefront of concussion management. Our treatment protocols are based on the latest evidence.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is an injury to the brain. Brain injury is often a result of a hit to the head, but is also caused by any force resulting in rapid acceleration/deceleration of the head. If you believe that a concussion may have occurred, it is advised to be cautious and always be evaluated by a properly trained medical professional.
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion May Include:
- Loss of Consciousness
- Dizziness or Nausea
- Confusion or Disorientation
- Memory Loss
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Ringing in the Ears
- Sensitivity to Noise and Light
- Changes in Sleep
- Mood Changes
Concussion Management in Okotoks
Sitting in a dark room and waiting for concussion symptoms to resolve is no longer the advised medical management of concussions. Research is consistently showing that participation in a guided rehabilitation program results in faster recoveries. Our therapists will perform a thorough history and physical assessment following your injury and create an individualized treatment plan specific to you and your injury. Your treatment program may include:
- Hands-on manual therapy of the neck
- Vestibular rehabilitation
- Visual rehabilitation
- Progressive and Guided Exercise Prescription
- Return to Sport/School/Planning
Return to Sport/Work/School Planning
Return to activity too quickly can increase the risk of sustaining a more serious injury (second impact syndrome). Our therapists are trained in a progressive reintegration into sport/school/work, and will guide you in your return.
Baseline testing refers to a series of physical and cognitive tests performed on athletes prior to injury, to determine the athlete’s “normal” brain function. In the event that the athlete sustains an injury in the future, the data collected during baseline testing will be used to compared to post injury data. This comparison will aid the therapist in diagnosing concussion, as well as determining when the athlete has recovered.
Dynamic Physiotherapy is able to perform baseline testing on individual athletes as well as in groups.
Our baseline concussion testing is eligible for reimbursement by private health insurance plans.