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What causes a concussion?

A concussion is caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain, following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. As we have learned about concussions, we now know it is not only head trauma that can cause a concussion. Enough force to the body may cause a whiplash effect and result in enough force to the brain to cause a concussion.

A concussion impacts how the brain functions, and as a result, cannot be detected by MRI or other brain scans. Because symptoms often resolve before full recovery of the brain. Therefore, having a comprehensive, multimodal baseline test done prior to the injury can assist healthcare professionals in making an accurate diagnosis as well as safer return to activity decisions.

How to diagnose a concussion?

Concussions are difficult to diagnose because symptoms may not be present immediately following an impact, and the symptoms are like those of other common injuries such as whiplash. If there is a significant impact and at least one concussion symptom, an athlete should be removed from play and assessed by a licensed healthcare practitioner.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

The following are possible symptoms of a concussion, head injuries are serious and you should seek emergency medical care by visiting a hospital and/or calling 911.  Do not attempt to cure a concussion at home.

Visual signs of a concussion

If you experience any of these symptoms after head trauma or whiplash effects after a concussion we can clearly explain the process through your recovery.

what is concussion physiotherapy?

Our licensed healthcare practitioners can provide step-by-step help through the stages of recovery to help concussion patients and athletes return to learn, work and/or play.

Our approach to concussion management may include:

This process will vary based individual needs and goals. We recommend that you schedule an appointment with us if you are at risk for concussion or have suffered a concussion.

We recommend that you schedule an appointment with us if you are at risk for concussion or have suffered a concussion.

What to do if you suspect a concussion?

The first 24-48 hours following a concussion are critical due to the potential for a more serious injury that may require immediate medical attention such as a bleed or swelling in the brain. Following the injury, the patient should be monitored for at least 3 hours for any worsening of their condition as this may indicate bleeding or swelling in the brain.

Immediately go to the nearest hospital emergency care and/or call 911, if any of the following signs or symptoms are present.

These are known as red flags:

It is important that patients receive a proper neurological evaluation and management advice as soon as possible following a concussion as this can significantly impact recovery.

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