inMotion Therapy is now offering concussion management programs designed by Shift Concussion Management and ConcussionHealth. This involves baseline and/or post-concussion testing using Impact Software (online neurocognitive testing – speed, accuracy, etc) as well as manual treatment and a safe and gradual guided return to school or play program.
We’re moving away from the “sit in a dark room until you feel better” theory. We’ll do a couple different tests to see what part of the brain has been affected and how we can minimize your downtown without re-aggravating your symptoms.
Book in for an appointment to get you back on track. Ideally we like to see patients 48-72 hours after a concussion, but any time after that is still helpful. Group discounts are available for baseline testing.
Right now there’s a lot of research going on regarding concussions, neurons, pathways, brain metabolism, etc. The simple version? A concussion is any kind of impact that changes the way your brain functions. There’s no structural damage, which is why MRI’s and CT’s usually come back negative. You don’t have to lose consciousness, in fact, most people don’t. The list of symptoms stemming from a concussion are extensive, here’s some of the more common ones:
Unfortunately, there’s no way to answer that one, everyone is different. Typically a simple concussion will resolve in 5-10 days, but it’s not uncommon for it to take much longer.
Look at Sidney Crosby, he battled with concussion symptoms for a long time, even with some of the best care available. Sometimes what looks like a minor hit can leave someone with symptoms for months, or someone else can recover from a more forceful impact in a few days. It’s frustrating in that sense, but resting and following a proper return to play protocol can help speed the process along.
Short answer… yes. Unfortunately, even after a concussion has healed you’ll be more susceptible to getting a concussion in the future. If all your symptoms have subsided and the brain is functioning back where it was before, you eliminate the risk of “Secondary Impact Syndrome” (SIS), which can be potentially fatal.
This is always hard. Kids (or even adults) will sometimes lie or downplay their symptoms in order to return to play sooner.
Keep an eye on your child following any kind of impact, are they squinting or blinking a lot? Bothered by lights or sound? Restless? Tired? Sometimes you’ll even notice small personality changes (more irritable than usual). Kids can sometimes take a couple days to show symptoms too.
The easiest and safest rule to follow is: if a player has one or more symptoms following any kind of impact injury, treat it as a concussion. Don’t let them return to play the same day, whether symptoms have resolved or not. Rest is the best thing you can do for a concussion, and not just physical rest, mental rest too, no texting, no TV, no bright lights or mental stimulus – including homework (yes I said that). Your child should be evaluated by a health care professional before they can return to play.
Baseline testing includes online Impact Tests (short term memory, speed, accuracy), balance testing, vision testing and saccade (eye movement speed) testing. It is an important part of being able to objectively tell whether someone should be allowed to return to play.