• 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.

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

FAQ

How long should I wait before being assessed?

It is a good idea to come in for assessment sooner than later. All our professionals can do a basic assessment and make recommendations for which services you will benefit from most.

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

It is always a good idea to see a physician if you suspect you may have suffered a concussion. While most concussions will not require imaging or medical management, a physician can assess the severity of your concussion and make recommendations or referrals, if necessary.

How many sessions will I need?

The presentation of concussion can vary widely. Some patients may simply need a couple of physiotherapy sessions to gain information and help in planning their return to activity, while others may have persistent symptoms that can benefit from multiple modalities that a physiotherapist can offer.

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

While it is a good idea to take it easy following a concussion, absolute rest is generally not recommended beyond the first day or two. A physiotherapist can not only make recommendations for how much activity is best for you based on your presentation, but they can also make recommendations to help you recover faster by reducing other stressors and maximizing recovery factors such as sleep.


Coast Therapy is an award-winning provider of Massage Therapy & Physiotherapy services to Port Coquitlam, 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.

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