Concussion physio on the Gold Coast
How does a concussion occur?
- Sleep Disturbances
- Loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Delayed responses
- Dazed appearance
- Concentration and memory complaints
- Sensitivity to light
- Irritability or personality changes
How do we treat concussions?
We have started to move away from the idea that strict rest is the best medicine for concussions. There is good evidence to show that returning to daily activities and exercise can provide better results for recovery. This is not to say to go back into sport immediately. It should be more of a gradual return to daily activities and returning to light exercise, prior to returning to a game or full daily activities.
A well-outlined recovery program should be implemented as athletes with concussions are 3x more likely to sustain a second concussion in the same season. Regardless of the sport played or daily activities involved recovery times can be shortened with a gradual return to activity. Recovery times can range depending on the person but can range anywhere from 2-4 weeks. Just like the body, the brain also needs a combination of rest and activity to help return to doing the things that we love to do.