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Concussion Care

Did you know that 75% of mild traumatic brain injuries are classified as concussions?

In schools, leagues and businesses, concussions are a critical issue. If you think you have a concussion or have been diagnosed with a concussion, you need to get the proper care. Dr. Colin is a Level II Shift Concussion Management Provider. If. You require baseline testing and postinjury concussion management, KW Health Connection can assist you.

What to Do After a Concussion

If you’ve just had a concussion, there are six vital steps to go through.

  • Step One: Tell someone. Do not be alone. Discontinue your activities immediately. Take time off school or work until a physician can assess you. Be sure to rest, which is the best treatment after the initial injury.
  • Step Two: Schedule an appointment with a medical physician. Go to the emergency room if your symptoms are severe or rapidly worsen. Sleep as usual during the night. Limit your screen time and devices so that you can rest.
  • Step Three: Undergo your medical evaluation. MRI or CT scans will only be needed if the physician suspects a serious injury or needs to rule one out.
  • Step Four: After your physician’s medical evaluation, KW Health Connection can carry out your follow-up assessments. We are a Shift Concussion Management Clinic. If you have had baseline testing before, repeat testing will guide your treatment recommendations. A follow-up can be completed without previous baseline testing, which allows for more individualized recommendations.
  • Step Five: Your treatments may include manual therapy, rest strategies and home recommendations. Your school or work routines might need to be modified. Any specialized rehabilitative techniques, such as vision therapy and other strategies, will be recommended as needed.
  • Step Six: Follow-up! Make sure to continue your care to completion with your Health Professionals so that your recovery is properly monitored. If you have questions – ask! Knowledge of your injury will aid in your recovery.

You can utilize baseline testing before an injury or after. It provides a benchmark so that you can compare your post-injury results to your pre-injury testing. Concussions are not the same for each person, which makes it challenging to identify when one has occurred and resolved. That’s why we provide individualized care for concussions.

Baseline testing monitors your recovery and provides an objective measurement for getting medical clearance. For sports teams, baseline testing is recommended during every preseason.

KW Health Connection is a Shift Concussion Management provider. This program involves three components:

  1. Neurocognitive Testing. This testing gives objective measurements of your recovery through computerized testing protocols.
  2. Physical Testing. Since concussion affects balance and coordination, different exercises can be used to evaluate you.
  3. Rehabilitation Strategies. Managing your concussion is critical to your recovery. We will help develop an individualized strategy that may include home instruction and lifestyle adaptations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury. It’s typically caused by a blow to your head, face or jaw. The impact changes your brain function, making it work less optimally. Though you might think of concussion as involving a loss of consciousness, only about 20% of cases do.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

You can have a different response to concussion than someone else does. You may get symptoms several minutes or hours later, such as

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling “foggy”
  • Headache
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Neck Pain
  • Poor concentration and coordination
  • Poor memory
  • Ringing in ears
  • Vacant stare

How do I know if I need to seek help?

If you have at least one symptom and have had a blow to the head or neck, a concussion assessment by a medical physician is recommended. Your subsequent assessments can be carried out at our clinic.

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