Spring has finally decided to show up! It may be a little over a month late, but we’re glad to see the sun come out, the days get warmer, and signs of nature popping back up in the neighbourhood. The warm and sunny months of spring and summer are the perfect time to go outside, get active, and enjoy nature. Whether it’s joining a sports team or club like the Ottawa Tennis & Lawn Bowling club, enjoying a run outside along the river, or getting some work done out in the yard, living an active lifestyle in the summer can be enjoyable.
Safe to say there’s nothing worse than an injury to put a damper on your summer plans. However, with increased activity and exercise comes a higher risk of injuring ourselves.
Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 simple tips to stay safe and injury-free this summer so that you can make the most of our fleeting months of sunshine and warmth.
What is a concussion
The most common type of traumatic brain injury, a concussion is caused by a direct or indirect impact to the head. The brain, suspended in fluid within the skull, moves rapidly back and forth causing bruising, damage to blood vessels within the brain, and injury to the nerves of the brain.
This results in the brain having difficulty functioning and processing information appropriately. Being the operation centre of the body, the signs and symptoms can vary drastically for each case.
Because of this, concussions can be difficult to diagnose. However, some signs and symptoms and more common and should be used to help identify a possible concussion.
Identifying a concussion
If you suspect a concussion, whether you’re an athlete, a parent, a coach, or an onlooker – it’s important to speak out and seek the appropriate help.
Recovering from a concussion
In many cases, full recovery from a concussion will take 2-4 weeks. During this time, the brain is expending energy to recover from the injury and recalibrating blood flow, chemical balances, nerve conduction, and sensory input.
During this initial recovery period, it’s important to slowly and delicately expose yourself to stimuli while staying within a range that does not overexert the brain.
It's estimated that 10-30% of people who have sustained a concussion suffer from post-concussion syndrome, where signs or symptoms persist for months or even years following the original injury. With appropriate treatment, which includes physiotherapy treatment, full recovery can often be achieved.
Function Physiotherapy is pleased to offer specialized treatment for post-concussion syndrome signs and symptoms including headaches, dizziness, double vision, blurry vision, light and noise sensitivity, and much more. Treatments are tailored and provided by our specially trained physiotherapists in our concussion room. Our concussion room is meant to provide the most comfort possible to our clients featuring adjustable, dim lighting and sound proofing.
If you have questions about physiotherapy for post-concussion syndrome, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us now at 613-680-6505.