Concussion is a buzzword like never before. Where “walk it off” used to be the first words out of a coach or parents mouth, we now know that concussions need to be managed properly in order to minimize negative long term outcomes. What you do in both the acute phase after sustaining a concussion and in the long term is important for return to play, work and all the things you love. As the saying goes, just like no two humans are alike “no two concussions are alike.” There are many factors that can affect your recovery including age, sex, athletics, other health conditions and how soon you start an appropriate rehab program.
What IS a concussion?
A concussion is defined as any transient neurologic dysfunction resulting from a biomechanical force- this force can be a direct hit to the head or can be from a force to the body causing an acceleration and deceleration. You do NOT need to be hit in the head to sustain a concussion. Loss of consciousness is a clinical hallmark of concussion but is not required to make the diagnosis, most people who sustain a concussion do NOT actually lose consciousness. Other symptoms include confusion, disorientation, unsteadiness, dizziness, headache, and visual disturbances at the time of the incident or not too long after. A concussion is a FUNCTIONAL injury meaning if an MRI is done there will not be findings of a bleed.
Is rest best? (hint: NO! the brain needs appropriate stimulation after a short period of rest)
What is the best way to rehab after one or multiple concussions?
Concussion rehab should take an individualized and wholistic approach. Strategies may include a combination of neuro/brain based rehab such as vestibular therapy and vision therapy, nutrition and supplementation, autonomic nervous system management strategies, aerobic exercise and discussion and planning around return to work and play. These strategies are all based on the most recent evidence around supporting concussion recovery. A gradual approach is best. Many people feel good and push themselves and end up feeling re-concussed. The truth is they just ran a little too fast towards the finish line before they were ready.
I was concussed years ago and don’t feel quite right, can you help?
Yes! Thanks to neuroplasticity and what we currently know about the brain The Rehab Lab can help. We take a multifaceted approach to set you up for the best possible years ahead. While we can’t change the past we can influence the future and make sure you are making decisions that promote healthy brain aging.
1. You should stay in a dark room until you feel better. 2. The only thing you can do is wait. 3. If you feel better your concussion must be healed.
Book in for your assessment at The Rehab Lab and start your recovery today.