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Concussion

What is Concussion?

It is a common head injury in contact sports like football and rugby. It is a minor head injury caused by force to the head. People also get concussion outside of sports. This can be a bang to the head from falling over, or from a sudden and vigorous movement of the head such as whiplash injury from a car accident.

How can physiotherapy help people with concussion?

Physiotherapy is effective in concussion management when dizziness, neck pain, headache and impaired balance have cervical spine and/or vestibular involvement. Treatment is based on the physiotherapy differential diagnosis made through patient history and clinical assessment of presenting signs and symptoms.

How do I know I have a concussion?

  • Headache

  • Nausea and/or vomiting

  • Blurred vision

  • Dizziness

  • Problems with balance (unsteadiness and dazed look)

  • Slurred speech

  • Slow reaction time

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Problems with attention

  • Loss of concussion (for 30 minutes or less)

  • Confusion

  • Sensitivity to noise and light

  • Brief convulsions

  • Temporary memory loss

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