• Concussion Management

Concussion is defined as a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or neck, or elsewhere in the body where high forces are transmitted to the head. The presentation of concussion varies widely, but common symptoms include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and trouble with sleeping. Generally, concussion symptoms are the result of functional changes within the brain rather than permanent structural damage. This is good news, as it means that the majority of concussions will resolve over time. However, the recovery time of concussions can vary widely, and there are many things that can be done to help speed up the recovery process.

In the past, individuals were advised to rest completely in a quiet dark room for several days after a concussion. However, recent research has shown that total rest delays recovery. Rather, the recommendation now is for relativerest, with a focus on rapidly returning to your activities of daily living. A physiotherapist can help you balance rest with active recovery by monitoring your symptoms and guiding you through a safe and gradual return to school, work, or sport. Additionally, a physiotherapist can treat many symptoms associated with concussions such as headaches, dizziness, and neck pain.

Additionally, many patients may benefit from care from a chiropractor, naturopath, RMT, or kinesiologist. Contact our clinic or book in with any of our therapists if you are unsure where to start.

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There is no one-size-fits-all for concussion care, as every concussion patient presents with different signs and symptoms. Some of the services we can offer include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Spinal and cervical (neck) decompression
  • Intramuscular stimulation
  • Massage, manual therapy, and chiropractic care
  • Naturopathic care for help with sleep, nutrition, and reducing fatigue
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Physiotherapy for jaw pain
  • Vestibular Therapy for dizziness and vertigo

How long should I wait before being assessed?

An initial rest period of 24-48 hrs is recommended. After that, the sooner an assessment can be done, the quicker you can get professional advice and care to manage symptoms and guide your recovery

I think I have suffered a concussion. Should I see a physician?

It is a good idea to see your physician for check up and referral for treatment. Most concussions do not require medical management or imaging. You will likely be advised to rest and seek a physiotherapist or chiropractor. If necessary, our professionals can communicate with your physician throughout the recovery process.

How many sessions will I need?

The presentation of concussion can vary widely. Some people will only need a few sessions to guide their recovery. It is important to seek help early for treatment, advice and guidance. Persistent symptoms are called Post Concussion Syndrome and a small percentage of people are at risk. Coast Therapy offers multiple professions that can assist your recovery needs.

My doctor recommended I rest. Should I see a physiotherapist?

Rest is generally recommended for the first 24-48 hrs after suffering a concussion. Depending on your situation, a guided and gradual return to activity is advised. Our physiotherapists and other health professionals can determine how much activity is best for you and your recovery.

Coast Therapy is an award-winning provider of Massage Therapy & Physiotherapy services to Port Coquitlam, East Vancouver, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Coquitlam residents for over 16 years.

We offer extensive experience in manual therapy and active care for complex sport & injury rehabilitation, prenatal & post-partum care, medical conditions, chronic pain, and general wellness concerns. Our therapists are experts in helping you achieve long-lasting pain relief and functional improvement.