Post-Concussion Syndrome includes a variety of symptoms caused by a mild traumatic brain injury, usually from a blow to the head or whiplash (to the body). The trauma to the brain affects many systems: the visual system, the inner ear, the neck, balance, blood pressure, heart rate and the awake-sleep cycle. These symptoms can impact one’s ability to walk, read, drive, work, study, socialize and be in public spaces. Left untreated, feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety often follow.
Physiotherapy has an important role in the treatment of Post-Concussion Syndrome. As soon as 4 weeks after a concussion the physiotherapist can begin to treat and manage the concussion symptoms and therefore encourage the formation of new necessary connections within the brain. Continued rest and avoidance of irritants will not encourage the needed healing in the brain after the first month.
What does physiotherapy for Post-Concussion Syndrome involve?
- manual therapy to the head and neck to improve headaches and fogginess
- eye exercises to restore the ability to read and be in busy public spaces
- vestibular rehabilitation to help with dizziness/vertigo
- regain balance, coordination and endurance without worsening concussion symptoms
- help with the how and when to return to work and sports
Your physiotherapist will help you return to your normal life and sports as quickly and safely as possible. With the proper stimulation the brain will form new neural connections and therefore heal. Special guidance from a physiotherapist trained in post-concussion syndrome management can help you along your journey to a full recovery.
If you, or someone you know, have persistent symptoms from a past concussion, please call TMJ Physio Clinic to schedule an appointment. Registered Physiotherapist Manon Circé has specialized physiotherapy training in Post-Concussion Syndrome Management and she is available for day, afternoon, evening and weekend appointments. She also offers free 15-minute consultations to offer her professional guidance, provide information and to answer basic questions individuals may have.