Concussions are a form of brain injury, sometimes referred as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines concussion as “a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.”
Concussions vary from mild to severe and debilitating symptoms, and concussions from sports have become very common. Falls and accidents count for a major portion of concussion injuries as well. According to Health Canada, sports were a major reason for concussions amongst children. Playing hockey caused 52% of boys aged 10-14 to experience concussions, and 43% of boys aged 15-19 to as well. For girls, soccer caused 35% to experience concussions in the same age groups.
Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, balance problems, sensitivity to noise, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, headache, fatigue, low energy level, seeing flashing lights
Memory difficulties, confusion, inability to concentrate, mental fogginess, difficulties with multitasking
Irritability, anxiety, depression, difficulties sleeping
How do we manage concussion?
At your very first visit, a comprehensive assessment will be conducted via one of our therapists in our concussion clinic in Brampton and Oakville.
The physical examination includes an assessment of: