Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (otherwise known as Concussion) is a condition affecting the brain following a substantial blow or shake of the head. It results from the force of the blow or movement causing the brain to move within the skull and cause consequent inflammation at the sites of impact. Immediately following a mTBI people often report feelings of confusion, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and headaches. While these symptoms resolve usually within 10-14 days people may continue to experience symptoms for months afterwards.
Apart from reporting symptoms, recent evidence is finding that people can also experience ongoing problems related to balance, vision, and cardiovascular function. While these issues are usually mild they could be linked to re-injury or other injuries.
The good news is that for years physiotherapists have been investigating similar problems in other populations, like whiplash, neck pain and issues related to the inner ear, so we are very good at identifying any problems related to these areas and helping people recover their previous level of function.
POST CONCUSSION SYNDROME
Unfortunately for some post-concussion symptoms can lasts for months and be quite debilitating. Using a similar but more detailed approach to assessment as we do for the more acute injuries, we aim to help identify the main reasons why your symptoms are persisting.
Once we have these identified any lingering problems, through a process of specific exercise techniques as well as any manual treatment you may need, we can help you help yourself to slowly but surely (and some times not so slowly) get back on track.
At HeadRight Physiotherapy, we are keen to get you on your way following your head injury and back to your old self. We have a range of treatment options ranging from brief consultations if you're feeling ok, to more detailed assessments to really help you isolate any underlying causes of your lingering symptoms. Send us an email if you would like more information.