Courtyard Clinic is a proud to offer the Complete Concussions Program at our clinic.
As a certified Complete Concussions location we provide a full evidence-based concussion management program including everything from pre-season baseline testing to concussion treatment and rehabilitation, helping our patients and athletes safely return to learn, work and play.
What is a Concussion
A concussion is a brain injury caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. The impact causes dysfunction within brain cells and decreased blood flow, resulting in temporary deficits in brain function.
Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, cognitive problems, dizziness, or balance problems, among others.
To further understand what a concussion is, watch this video for a deeper explanation from Dr. Cameron Marshall.
When do you need Concussion treatment
Following a concussion injury, it is recommended that you seek the care of a healthcare professional with training and experience in concussion as soon as possible. In fact, recent studies have concluded that one of the best predictors of concussion recovery was how fast you were assessed at a concussion clinic. The earlier you seek quality concussion care, the better your recovery will be.
Generally, a period of relative “symptom-limited” physical and cognitive rest is recommended for the first 24-48 hours after injury. After this rest period, a gradual increase in mental and physical activity is recommended. For optimal recovery, this process should be directed and supervised by a licensed healthcare practitioner trained in concussion management.
If symptoms of a concussion are still present after 7 to 10 days, an individual treatment and rehabilitation program should be initiated.
The scientific evidence indicates that concussion is best treated with early application of specific cardio exercise programs, rehabilitation for the visual and vestibular systems, treatment aimed at the neck and associated whiplash, dietary and supplement recommendations, as well as patient education.
What is included in our Concussion treatment
As part of our complete concussions package, we offer a full range of evidence based concussion treatment services & strategies including:
- Balance rehab
- Vision rehab
- Cognitive testing
- Integrated manual therapy
- Exercise rehab
- Pre-season testing
- Educational resources
What will it cost?
Other services that we can offer around Concussion management
Multimodal pre-Season Testion (AKA Baseline Concussion Testing)
We provide a series of physical and cognitive tests that provides a pre injury overview of your brain. Then if you sustain a concussion while playing sports, we can compare the results to teh baseline tests and understand exactly which brain functions, if any, have been effected.
Track your Concussion progress
Suffered a concussion and would like to monitor your progression, Complete Concussions offer a mobile tracker app. This allows you to record daily symptoms and clinical checks in. If you would like to know more about this please ask when you come in for your treatment.
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