I have a Concussion. What are my Options?

Kingston, it’s here (well almost!)…our much anticipated SPRING!

One of the things I love about Kingston, is that we are an active community and as the spring sun starts to shine, our activity level will ramp up.   From the Lemoine’s Point hikers, to avid cyclists, sports enthusiasts or patio hoppers, Kingston will start to come alive!

CONCUSSIONS HAPPEN

There are many sports that have known risks for concussions, but concussions can happen in sports, from a car accident or by a random accident.  A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) and is caused by excessive, rapid movement of the brain inside the skull.     You do not need to have lost consciousness to have suffered from a concussion.

WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW?

Many concussion symptoms resolve within 10-14 days with the remaining lingering symptoms resolving within 3 months. There is more and more information out there about the signs and symptoms of a concussion – helping you answer the question “Do I have a Concussion?”.  We know more about the importance of brain rest, graded activity, reduced screen time, and physical rehabilitation options.

But what happens when the symptoms don’t go away?

CONCUSSION SYMPTOMS:

Concussion-Symptoms

WHAT DOES KINGSTON HAVE TO OFFER YOU?

We have some of the best resources in Kingston for the management of the Physical symptoms of concussion.  What about resources for the Cognitive, Emotional and Sleep symptoms of concussion??  They exist!  Occupational Therapy is one of those resources and my aim is to draw awareness to Occupational Therapy as an effective treatment approach for post concussion rehabilitation.

HOW WILL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY HELP MY CONCUSSION?

Occupational Therapists can deliver evidence-based treatment for the management of the many complexities of a concussion.

The symptom picture is unique to each person suffering from a concussion.

  • Are you feeling so tired that it is hard to get through the day?
  • Does it feel impossible to concentrate when there are many conversations happening around you?
  • Are you feeling sad, overwhelmed, or anxious?  Do you keep feeling like you’re at the end of your rope?
  • Are you napping away large chunks of your day or having difficulty getting to sleep at night?
  • Does your headache make it hard to focus on anything for long periods of time?
  • Do loud or bright environments make you feel worse?
  • Do you find yourself staying at home more and avoiding friends and family?

Occupational therapist’s have the expertise to assess and treat these struggles and more.

Occupational therapy offers individualized assessment and treatment focused on helping you return to the activities that are most important to you.

Suffering from a concussion is scary, but there are experienced health care providers in our local community of Kingston that are here to help.

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

Check out the Concussion Recovery page for more information about what you can expect from an Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment (Concussion Recovery) or give me a call for a free consultation.  613-766-3503

Schedule an Appointment here:  Book Now

 

 

 

 

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