Acute Concussion Management Burnaby

Expert Physio Acute Concussion Management

One of the many potentially serious injuries that we treat here at Expert Physio is concussions, or traumatic brain injury (TBI). There are two phases to TBI: the acute phase and the post-concussion phase. It is critically important that once you have been diagnosed with this condition, that you participate in acute concussion management immediately. Our experienced Complete Concussion Management Institute PT’s (CCMI certified) can guide you in optimal recovery.

What is A Concussion?

A concussion occurs when there are changes in brain function caused by trauma to the skull. A blow to the head can cause bleeding inside the brain tissue, which causes swelling. This damage affects how nerve cells communicate within the brain.

Benefits of Concussion Care

There are a wide range of benefits including:

  • Acute and chronic sport-related injuries or any other playground injuries
  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Mental health issues
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Acute care
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Myofascial pain
  • Neurological pain
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Mild traumatic brain injury 

What Causes A Concussion?

A concussion happens when something hits the side of the head hard enough to jar the brain inside the skull against the sides of the skull.

How is A Concussion Diagnosed?

This is called post-concussive syndrome. How do I recognize a concussion?

The first step in recognizing a concussion is knowing how to look for them. Here are some things to watch for:

Look for changes in behaviour. A person with a concussion may seem confused or forgetful. They may become irritable or aggressive.

These behaviours could mean that something else is going wrong too. It is very important to talk to family members or friends who live with the person so they can report anything unusual happening.

Watch for headaches.

The First Stage

The first stage of recovery for your concussion will most likely be prescribed by your physician; which will be relative rest. Here at Expert Physio, we receive many referrals from over three hundred physicians throughout the lower mainland and from CCMI for management of this condition . We have the education and experience to guide you appropriately; even in the acute phase of care. 

The acute phase lasts up to 48 hours after the injury has been received. After this, you may still be experiencing some of the post concussion symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches 
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Concentration issues
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep pattern interruption
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Lack of attention to usual activities

These symptoms can occur immediately or may not show until several days or weeks following the injury. These are the symptoms that our professionals will help you deal with, and recover from, in our acute concussion therapy.

The Treatment Process

Our first step in helping you with your recovery will be to intake your past health history, your present health history, followed by a comprehensive assessment. These findings will help us create an effective treatment plan that is going to deal with your signs and symptoms to ensure the healing process is progressing properly.

The treatment for this acute stage includes constant monitoring as you gradually increase your cognitive activities. This is done in stages, and your symptoms are carefully watched during each phase of your treatment. 


What Are The Symptoms of Concussion?

Concussions happen all around us every day. It’s estimated that 1 out of 3 Canadians has experienced one or more concussive events over the course of his/her lifetime. While most people bounce back quickly after experiencing a concussion, others suffer with some obvious symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, memory loss, fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, poor sleep quality, mood swings, anxiety, depression, emotional lability, impaired balance, coordination, speech problems, vision changes, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and other issues. 

In fact, according to recent statistics, about 10% of those who sustain a head injury go on to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder within three months of being injured.

How Long Can A Concussion Last?’

It’s crucial to take the time to recover after a concussion. This is because traumatic brain injuries can be caused by concussions. They happen because of the brain hitting the inside of the skull. Even mild to severe concussion both need a recovery period.

In severe cases, it takes between 7 and 10 days to recover from a concussion. However, you may continue to experience a broad range of concussion symptoms for more than a week, depending on the individual. Furthermore, symptoms from concussions can last for up to 4 weeks. Post-concussion syndrome may also develop in some instances.

What Is A Concussion Test?

Before and after a head trauma, concussion testing can be used to assess brain function. The tests for concussions are done by a doctor or other health care professional.

How Much Does It Cost?

A different number of treatments and different types of treatments are required by every person when it comes to recovering from a concussion. The costs will be different, but you should find them affordable. These sessions may be partially or completely funded if you have extended medical benefits that cover it.

What happens to the brain during a concussion?

The brain is protected by a suspension of fluid in the skull known as the cerebro spinal fluid. When a whiplash effect or any physical impact causes the brain to move inside the head causing it bump into the skull, there is a concussion. As a result, the brain may be bruised at the site of impact as a result of the damaged neurons.

Is a concussion serious?

A single concussion won’t cause permanent damage to your brain. However, structural changes in your brain may be caused by multiple concussions over a lifetime. Fortunately, concussion is usually not life threatening. But, the effects of a concussion can be serious and last for weeks or even months.

Why Is Expert Physio The Right Choice For Your Acute Concussion Recovery?

We have partnered up with Complete Concussion Management Inc. (CCMI), which is a worldwide organization focusing on evidence-based concussion care. We take an integrated approach and will work directly with your health care provider to assist them in providing you with the best recovery. Current research tells us that your recovery is not something that should be put on hold. Rehabilitation in the acute phase addresses your cognitive ( brain ) functions and healing, so is vitally important. 

If you are newly diagnosed with concussion, or are frustrated with the effects that your concussion is having on your life, call us today at 604-294-3376 to get started on appropriate recovery!

We are open from 6:30 – 8:00 PM weekdays, and 6:30 – 2:00 PM on Saturdays (numerous appointment time options).


Expert Physio

6501 Sprott St Suite 1, Burnaby, BC V5B 3B8, Canada

(604) 294-3376