Concussion Therapy

Concussion therapy includes the assessment and treatment of concussion symptoms, as well as the management of post-concussion syndrome (PCS). See a medical professional as soon as possible if you think you have a concussion.

What is concussion therapy?

Concussion therapy is a series of assessments and treatments to find and fix the effects of a concussion .

Common assessments include:

  • ImPACT Test
  • gait assessment
  • balance testing (Sway)
  • visual motor skills testing
  • vestibular (dizziness) testing
  • strength and coordination testing
  • physiotherapy consultation for related injuries

Common treatments include:

  • limited work or school demands
  • exercises for secondary injuries
  • vestibular therapy and visual motor exercises
  • resting strategies and sleep hygiene guidance
  • physical exertion testing and exercise program
  • physiotherapy , chiropractic care , or other therapies

Concussions affect everyone differently. That’s why the team at Main Street Health provides individual assessment and treatment plans on a case-by-case basis.

Main Street Health is a certified provider of the Shift Concussion Management Program.

What is a concussion therapist?

Several types of care providers can be certified in concussion management. In our clinic, concussion therapy may be provided by a physiotherapist , chiropractor , or kinesiologist . Often, these professionals work as a team to ensure optimum care.

What are the benefits of concussion therapy?

Prompt, appropriate treatment increases the chance of complete recovery from a concussion.

Well-managed concussion therapy helps to:

  • alleviate symptoms of concussion
  • address secondary injuries or problems
  • reduce the chance of long-term concussion effects
  • ensure complete recovery prior to return to work / sport
  • prevent symptom relapse or additional injury caused by early return

The professional therapists at Main Street Health are dedicated to effective, personalized concussion management and post-concussion syndrome care.

Is concussion therapy covered by insurance?

Any visits to your family doctor related to your concussion will be covered by OHIP. Assessments and treatments at a concussion clinic like Main Street Health are usually covered by extended health plans.

Main Street Health’s clinic staff can help you with insurance claims.

Other Common Questions

How do I know if I need concussion therapy?

Anyone who has sustained a concussion should have some concussion therapy to ensure optimum recovery. If you think you might have a concussion but aren’t sure, book an assessment right away.

Do I need a prescription for concussion therapy?

No, you do not need a prescription for concussion therapy, though you may be referred by your family doctor.

How long does concussion therapy last?

Every concussion is different, so recovery time depends on the individual and the specific symptoms. Most concussions clear up within a week or so, but even then, proper management could extend for a couple weeks more. Your care provider will give you a personalized treatment plan after your consultation.

When can I return to work / sport?

You should not return to work or sport until you are completely symptom free. Even then, you should take it slow. Your concussion management specialist will assist with this transition.

Returning to work or sport too early after a concussion could lead to symptom relapse or even a second concussion. Research indicates that multiple concussions are very dangerous, especially when sustained close together.

Your care provider will conduct physical exertion testing and create an exercise plan to slowly and safely get you back to normal functioning.

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