How Can Concussion Treatment & Rehabilitation Help?
Rest is no longer considered the best approach to concussion care. Early intervention of various therapies can significantly improve recovery following a concussion. Through a thorough assessment and the right treatment approach, trained healthcare practitioners can help patients safely return to learn, work and play.
Following a short period of rest and symptom-limited activity, guided exercise therapy has shown to improve blood flow and speed recovery.Find A Clinic
Headaches, balance and visual issues, dizziness and blood flow abnormalities are symptoms of both concussion and neck injuries (or whiplash). Oftentimes ongoing symptoms are coming from your neck, which can be treated with manual therapy.Find A Clinic
Vestibular Rehabilitation & Vision Therapy
Visual disturbances and dizziness are common following concussion. A balance and visual rehabilitation program may help to reduce symptoms such as dizziness, visual abnormalities, concentration issues and memory problems, among other symptoms.Find A Clinic
Diet & Nutritional Intervention
Avoiding pro-inflammatory foods and replacing them with more nutritious foods may help to offset inflammation and reduce symptoms.
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Education & Reassurance
Education and reassurance is an important part of concussion care. Understanding exactly what is going on and why you feel a certain way can help to improve recovery.Find A Clinic
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Frequently Asked Questions
Recognized Complete Concussion Management Inc. (CCMI) practitioners have extensive training in the treatment and rehabilitation of concussion and post-concussion symptoms such as ongoing headaches, balance/dizziness issues, visual disturbances, reading difficulties, trouble concentrating and visual motion sensitivity. Licensed healthcare practitioners with training in concussion management may include medical doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors and athletic therapists, among others.
Yes. Research shows that early intervention of various therapies can significantly improve recovery. For example, while relative physical and cognitive rest is important in the initial stages (24 – 48 hours), evidence shows that guided sub-symptom threshold physical activity as early as 5-10 days following a concussion can support recovery. This can help to resolve symptoms and restore blood flow abnormalities.
Our standard of care includes up to 48 hours of relative physical and cognitive rest before starting a gradual return to light cognitive activities. Further, physical treatment and rehabilitation may begin as early as 5-10 days after a concussion. Recognized practitioners work closely with patients to develop a personal approach to concussion care, and avoid cognitive or physical activities that may make symptoms worse.
The benefits of therapeutic interventions may vary on a case by case basis; however, there is growing evidence to support a range of approaches to improve recovery following a concussion. For example, manual therapy can resolve symptoms of whiplash, which are nearly identical to those of concussion, and aerobic exercise has been shown to improve brain function and increase brain chemicals needed for repairing injured tissue. Find a clinic near you to determine the best treatment approach for you.
Yes. There are a growing number of scientific and medical studies that support the use of multidisciplinary therapeutic interventions for concussion recovery.
Concussion patients can receive concussion treatment and rehabilitation at a recognized CCMI clinic. Click here to find a clinic near you and book an appointment.
Treatment costs may vary by clinic or location. In some cases, these healthcare services are covered through private insurance or secondary health benefits. Speak to a CCMI clinic near you for more information.