What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A concussion can be caused by a direct blow to the head, face, neck, back or other part of the body. A concussion can change the way the cells in the brain normally work and can affect your child’s ability to do schoolwork and physical activity. Most children with a concussion get better, but it is important to give your child’s brain time to heal.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion?
You can’t “see” a concussion. The signs and symptoms of a concussion can show up right after an injury or it may take several days. If your child is demonstrating signs and symptoms of a concussion keep your child out of play and school and seek medical attention from a health care provider who is experienced in concussion management
- Headaches or “pressure” in the head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems, clumsiness
- Double, spotty or blurry vision
- Bothered by light or noise
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, groggy, appears dazed or confused, low energy
- Difficulty paying attention, forgetful
- Changes in behaviour and personality
- Memory problems
- Confusion, slow to respond to questions
- Loss of consciousness
- “Feeling off”
Every child’s recovery process is unique. Although the duration of concussion symptoms is variable, resolution of these symptoms typically follow a sequential course. A concussion can last anywhere from days, weeks, months or even longer. Most children with a concussion get better, but it is important to give your child’s brain time to heal.
Physiotherapy Assessment for concussion at Butterfly
Following a suspected concussion, a child should be immediately removed from play, assessed and treated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion. Concussion assessment involves taking a detailed history and performing a clinical assessment. Depending on your child’s symptoms your Physiotherapist will complete a standardized assessment that will be used as a baseline to determine when it is safe to return to school and activity. Your child’s comprehensive physiotherapy assessment includes evaluating clinical symptoms, physical signs, cognitive impairment, neurobehavioral features as well as sleep disturbance.
Physiotherapy Treatment for concussion at Butterfly
Our Physiotherapists will provide your child with an individualized treatment plan to best match their needs based on the assessment. Education for both short term management as well as a plan for return to school and sport is an integral and continuous part of concussion management.
Direct treatment also includes:
- Manual therapy and soft tissue release techniques for the neck and spine
- Stretching and strengthening program
- Cardiovascular and endurance training
- Visual coordination exercises
- Balance and postural retraining
- Vestibular rehabilitation
Concussions can be scary! Not only are parents worried about their child, there are also pressing issues of whether and when to return to school, sport, screen time, and what to tell the coach. Therapists at Butterfly trained in concussion management can help alleviate your fears. Our Butterfly Paediatric Therapist will incorporate your child’s interests and activities into therapy to make therapy FUN!
***Remember: It’s better to miss one game than the whole season!***
To book an assessment or for more information on Concussions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 905-206-0300.