The staff at Physioactive treat injuries from a unique perspective that involves a variety of treatment methods and addresses the cause of the symptoms not just the symptoms themselves. This makes our specially trained physiotherapists and osteopaths especially effective in treating patients with a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion include dizziness, headaches, nausea, and trouble with memory. Treating these symptoms in isolation limits the recovery of a concussion patient.
Because a concussion is a central nervous system (CNS) injury treatment must also be directed at the rehabilitation of the CNS and not just the traditional approach of waiting until the symptoms of nausea or dizziness subside. A systematic, graded approach to rehabilitation that not only looks at the trauma to the brain, but also at the trauma to the neck and back, our team at Physioactive offer a more current and effective treatment approach to concussions.
Rest and Assessment
The first thing that a concussion patient needs is rest. An injury to the brain heals in the same way a sprained or broken ankle would. Would you go running the next day on your sprained or broken ankle? One concussion makes it far more likely that the affected person will experience a second in particular the first 7 to 10 days. It is essential that the brain is rested during this time just as a broken bone is put in a cast to “rest” it. This is even more important if your concussion has affected your balance and/or judgement that may increase your risk of falling. A concussion patient needs to rest both physically and cognitively to give the affected areas of their brain time to recover. During this period of rest, your physiotherapist will monitor and slowly and precisely increase the demands on your brain. They will devote time to finding out how much trauma was sustained and to determine when you will be able to start taking on minor physical and cognitive tasks again.
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Your therapists at Physioactive will assess and treat not only your brain and cranium, but will also look at the injury to your neck and upper back that may be contributing to your symptoms. A good example of how this can be missed was Sidney Crosby. For the first 4 months of his treatment, his rehabilitation was only directed at the concussion and possible brain injury. It was only months later after he continued to suffer with “post-concussive” symptoms that his team addressed the injuries to his neck and whiplash. From our experience all concussions involve a concurrent injury to the neck or whiplash. Conversely almost all whiplash or neck injuries involve some degree of concussion or CNS injury. This may be the reason why we are so effective at treating whiplash as well, but that is another story.
Retraining the Brain
As assessments show that healing is progressing, your Physioactive physiotherapist will slowly re-introduce first cognitive, then physical activity into the patient’s routine. The brain must be slowly and carefully retrained in order to prevent a setback or further CNS damage. Light work from home is the first step, then a partial day at school or the office, and eventually a full return to cognitive activity. Sports or workouts will be the final activity with which a patient should return to full engagement. Throughout the healing process, your physiotherapist will monitor your progress and adapt your rehabilitation program specifically to your recovery, thus maximizing the speed of your recovery and minimizing the likelihood of recurrence. During this process, constant monitor will again be a regular part of treatment to insure recovery.
Our team at Physioactive is uniquely qualified to treat concussion patients because of the variety of treatments they use. The collaboration of manual therapists, FCAMPTs (manippt.org), and osteopaths at Physioactive is a unique environment for our patients. Our team of specifically trained therapists use cranial therapy to optimize movement of the cranium and reduce the repercussions of the impact causing the concussion. This multi-modal approach has allowed our team to enjoy great success in the treatment of concussions. A concussion is a serious CNS injury that must be treated carefully and methodically allowing your brain the time it needs to heal. Without a specifically designed program followed through until full recovery, we risk a second injury from returning to our activity of choice without optimal recovery.
Returning to sport with no ankle pain doesn’t mean you have full strength, balance, and range of motion. Your likelihood of injury is far greater. Your brain is no different. To return to sport just because your symptoms are gone is insufficient to restore your buy viagra online usa brain to its pre-injury level.