Complete Concussion Management (CCMI) is a network of trained multidisciplinary healthcare professionals that help patients and athletes safely return to learn, work and play using an evidence-based approach for rehabilitation.
Choice Health Centre is lucky enough to have three trained practitioners including myself (Kendra Brown), Saba Chishti, both physiotherapists and Dr. Ryan Trueman, chiropractor as a part of our concussion management team.
What Is A Concussion?
A concussion is a mild form of brain injury that is caused by an acceleration/deceleration of the brain within the skull. This means you do not necessarily have to hit the head to suffer from a concussion injury, as once was commonly thought. The forces acting on the skull, result in an energy deficit that continues to drop over the initial 3-5 days, gradually returning to normal levels within the span of a few weeks. It is important to note, that even within the initial 7-10 days when symptomatically someone suffering from a concussion feels better, they have not fully recovered from the injury and are still at a higher risk for additional trauma thereafter.
Common symptoms include:
During the first 24-48 hours of a concussion, relative physical and cognitive rest is recommended. During this time frame, it is also essential to monitor for any red flags that may indicate a more serious injury requiring immediate medical attention.
Following this short period of rest, a treatment and rehabilitative plan should be established by a trained professional to ensure a safe return to learn, work and play. A Complete Concussion Management practitioner can help identify the root cause of your persistent symptoms and develop an individualized treatment plan. Your plan may include exercise therapy, manual therapy of the neck, diet/nutritional information, vestibular/visual rehabilitation, and education.
Treatment Options For A Concussion
Exercise Therapy: following symptom-limited rest, using your Buffalo Treadmill Test results, a program will be established using your target heart rate to help you improve blood flow and help to resolve symptoms.
Manual Therapy: hands on treatment provided by your health care practitioner to help with pain, headaches, and concussion associated neck injuries such as whiplash.
Diet and Nutritional Intervention: introducing an anti-inflammatory diet, which includes a high intake of healthy fats, avoiding refined sugars and carbohydrates, and eating balanced meals filled with fibre, protein, and antioxidant filled fruits and vegetables.
Vestibular and Visual Rehabilitation: a vestibular-ocular motor screen is preformed and results in a rehabilitative program to help improve upon and reduce symptoms associated with balance, dizziness, visual abnormalities, concentration issues and memory problems.
Education: the most important part of any concussion rehabilitation is education and reassurance along the way. At Choice Health Centre, we take you through an individualized, guided approach to concussion management ensuring your safe return to learn, work and play, while answering all of your questions along the way.
For more information or if you would like to learn more about our Complete Concussion Management program visit here. If you have any questions, you can contact Kendra Brown, PT or one of our other concussion management practitioners. To book an appointment call 902-404-3668 or book online.