physiotherapy for concussions

Physiotherapy for Concussions

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury which is commonly suffered by athletes who participate in physical-contact sports. However, they can also occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents, falls and explosions etc as well as in conjunction with another injury. A concussion is generally caused  by a direct blow to the head, face, neck or another area of the body with the mechanical force being transmitted to the head. In most instances, the individual will stay conscious when suffering a concussion. The injury is usually confirmed by an imaging test such as a CT scan or MRI

Symptoms of a Concussion

The symptoms of a concussion can include anxiety, dizziness, vertigo, sleeplessness, memory loss, blurred vision, lack of energy/coordination, fatigue, confusion, depression, sensitivity to noise/light, headaches, neck pain, problems with balance, and nausea. In addition, if you’ve received a concussion in the past the chances are higher that you may suffer another one and the symptoms may last for several months if not treated. If the symptoms continue to linger for more than 10 days the condition is often referred to as post-concussion syndrome.


When suffering from a concussion it’s important to stay away from strenuous physical and cognitive activities and exercise and to get an adequate amount of rest. Many sufferers of concussion turn to physiotherapy to deal with the condition and are able to return to their normal activities by following a progressive and gradual exercise program. If returning to a physical-contact sport, they generally need medical clearance before doing so.

At Fit Physiotherapy we are able to create a personalized treatment plan and prescribe the proper type and amount of exercise to enable to return to your daily activities as soon as possible. Physiotherapy assessment includes documentation of symptoms such as sleep disturbance as well as cognitive and mood disorders. The assessment will include your general medical history and take into consideration your gender, age, and employment/occupation. We also assess your heart rate, range of motion, vision, and inner ears.

For athletes, it’s recommended that they try to improve their isometric neck strength through exercises to help reduce the chances of being concussed. This is due to the fact that sudden changes in direction of the head can result in a concussion as well as acceleration and deceleration. At Fit Physiotherapy we may also treat your vestibular system to help improve inner ear balance as well as prescribe exercises to improve your visual system. In addition, manual neck therapy can help reduce headaches while cardiovascular exercises are also beneficial to the condition.

It’s essential to follow your licensed physiotherapist’s instructions when it comes to the duration and intensity of your exercises and make sure you don’t do too much before your ready. The exact treatment plan will depend on the severity of your concussion and will be aimed at helping you return to your normal lifestyle as safely and quickly as you can.

About FIT Physiotherapy

Fit Physiotherapy of Newmarket is a modern Physiotherapy Clinic dedicated to providing the most up-to-date practices in physio therapy. For our patients, we provide custom individualized treatment plans.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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