What should a healthcare practitioner’s initial exam include when examining a patient with a suspect concussion?
According to the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, the key features of the initial exam should include:
When should a patient be referred to a specialist for further treatment?
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a disturbance in brain function cause by a direct or indirect force to the head. It results in a variety of non-specific signs and/or symptoms (some examples listed below) and most often does not involve loss of consciousness.
How can treatment benefit you?
Our therapists have training in mild traumatic brain injury and associated spinal dysfunction. There specialty is concussion assessment and management of concussion related symptoms caused by the injury.
On your initial visit there will be a thorough assessment of your symptoms using the ACE (Acute Concussion Evaluation) form as well as visual and vestibular checks. We also utilize up to date return to work/school and sport protocol to make sure that you are ready for all types of activities.
Our concussion assessment is also accompanied by a cervical assessment and treatment including but not limited to: fascial work and myofascial trigger points, to the anterior, lateral and posterior side of the neck as well as jaw treatment.
Common concussion symptoms and problems
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What is the most important change to the diagnosis of a concussion?
There is no scientific evidence to support a grading system for the diagnosis or management of a concussion. Research has suggested that a brief loss of consciousness (LOS) is not necessarily as significant an indicator of concussion severity as one thought (BCIRPU, 2015).
Patients are diagnosed as having a concussion if there is the presence of one or more signs and/or symptoms which can be categorized as physical, emotional, cognitive and/or associated with sleep disturbances.