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A concussion is brain injury that is most often caused by a blow to the head. At Nepean Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy Centre, our physiotherapists offer concussion rehabilitation to help you feel like yourself again.

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What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) that is usually (though NOT necessarily) caused by a blow to the head. Following a concussion, there is a period of change in brain function that may last anywhere from 10-14 days or more, as suggested by recent Canadian research. A concussion cannot be identified on routine x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs.

Concussions do not always come with a loss of consciousness. Symptoms of a concussion usually start to improve within 10-14 days, but in some cases it can take weeks or months to heal. Repeated concussions may take even longer.

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How can a Physiotherapist help with a concussion?

A physiotherapist can offer education and support to help ensure the best possible outcome following a concussion. We highly recommend that you seek physiotherapy treatment as soon as possible after your concussion.

What to Expect

During the initial assessment, the physiotherapist will review the full history of your injury/accident, any past medical history, and ask detailed questions about your current symptoms.

The physiotherapist will then complete a physical evaluation of your neck and upper back in order to rule out any injuries to these areas.

If the physiotherapist finds that you are at the proper stage of healing, she will perform an assessment of the visual and vestibular systems (your vision and balance).

After the physiotherapist explains her findings to you, you will receive clear instructions to ensure the best recovery.

Caring for Someone with a Concussion

Rest is extremely important after a concussion because it helps the brain to heal. If you have sustained a concussion, get plenty of sleep at night and rest during the day and be sure to avoid strenuous activities, which may worsen your symptoms.

Read below about ways in which you can help care for someone who has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Warning Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion

Symptoms of a concussion can appear immediately or a few days after the injury occurred. It is typical to experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Pressure in the head
  • Imbalance
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Neck pain
  • Seizure
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Noise sensitivity
  • Fatigue/low energy
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Amnesia
  • Feeling of being “not right” or in a fog
Emotional & Sleep
  • Irritable
  • Nervous/anxious
  • Sadness
  • Insomnia
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Sleeping too much

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Activities linked to Concussions

Although there are many causes of concussion, here are the most common ways to be injured:

  • Fight
  • Fall
  • Playground injury
  • Car/bike accident
  • Sports-Related Injury

Diagnosed with a Concussion?

Our registered physiotherapists can develop a custom treatment plan to treat, manage, and help you heal after suffering a concussion.

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