What is Concussion Rehab?
Concussion Rehab (AKA Concussion Rehabilitation Therapy) is a form of physiotherapy that uses science-based concussion treatments. Concussions can come from many sources (e.g. Sports Concussions, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Home injuries, etc) and vary in how long it lasts (please see below). The goals of the concussion treatment at our Toronto clinics are to relieve symptoms and restore the person to their previous level of activity.
What is a Concussion and how long does it last?
A Concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury. The concussion can come either directly from a blow to the head (e.g. from a Sports Concussion), or indirectly from a strong force elsewhere to the body (e.g. from a Motor Vehicle Accident whiplash), which is then transmitted to the head.
The good news is that 85% of people with mild traumatic brain injuries recover fully in 3 months. – Mayo Clinic The remaining individuals will go on to develop a condition know as Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS).
Concussions effects people in different ways and can have any of the following symptoms:
- Balance issues
- Vision problems
- Light & Noise sensitivity
- Emotional problems
- Concentration issues
- Memory problems
- Sleep disturbances
Loss of consciousness isn’t required for either Concussion or PCS. Usually a concussion is designated as PCS if one or more of these symptoms last more than 3 months.
The comprehensive Concussion Rehab program at our Toronto clinics combines:
- Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)
- Vision Rehabilitation
- Hands-on neck and back treatments
- Exercises to restore fitness, stability & strength
- Acupuncture and other treatments (to relieve headaches, pain, nausea and dizziness)
- Pacing and Planning Strategies
- Cognitive Retraining
There are 3 phases to Concussion Treatment:
Phase I. Full rest from both physical activities (e.g. chores & sports) and from mental activities (e.g. work, school, TV & screen time, including hand-held devices).
Phase II. Customized treatments designed to eliminate the person’s individual symptoms and to restore their function.
Phase III. Guided & graduated return to chores, work, school, sports and leisure activities.
Far too often individuals with concussions are left in the REST mode, without adequate advice on the how, what & when of returning to activity. Each of these components uses science-based treatments. For more detailed information about the Concussion Treatment program at our Toronto clinics please click:
This information is not provided to self-diagnose. It is therefore very IMPORTANT that you also consult your doctor.