Have you sustained a head injury playing sports and are no longer able to work,
go to school or even complete simple daily activities?
Comprehensive Sports Concussion Care in Ottawa
Concussions are a major worry in the world of sports. During sporting activities, hard hits to the head, face, neck, or body can cause these traumatic brain injuries. Even though they are sometimes dismissed as minor injuries, concussions can have serious long term effects on a person’s physical health, mental health, and emotional stability. In order to lessen the prevalence and deal with the effects of sports concussions.
At Broadview Spine and Health Clinic, we understand the challenges athletes face when dealing with concussions. Our clinic offers advanced diagnostics and specialized treatments designed to help rehabilitate sports concussions. Our team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to athletes, assisting them in their journey back to optimal health. We utilize a multidisciplinary approach that may include physical therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, and personalized treatment plans.
Baseline testing is a pre-injury assessment conducted on athletes to establish a reference point for their cognitive and physical functioning. It involves a series of tests and evaluations that measure various aspects such as memory, attention, balance, coordination, and reaction time. Baseline testing provides a snapshot of an athlete’s normal functioning before any potential injury occurs.
When it comes to sports concussions, baseline testing serves as a valuable tool for comparison if an athlete sustains a head injury. If a concussion is suspected, the athlete can be reevaluated using the same tests to compare their post-injury performance with their pre-injury baseline. This comparison helps healthcare professionals in assessing the severity of the injury, tracking the recovery progress, and making informed decisions regarding the athlete’s return-to-play timeline.
Baseline Testing Can Be Use to:
Establish individualized concussion management plans
By understanding an athlete’s baseline performance, healthcare professionals can tailor concussion management plans to address specific areas of impairment.
Aid in diagnosis
Comparing post-injury test results to the athlete’s baseline can provide valuable information in diagnosing a concussion accurately.
Track recovery progress
Serial baseline testing at specific intervals during the recovery process allows healthcare professionals to monitor an athlete’s progress and make appropriate adjustments to their treatment plan.
Determine readiness for return to play
When an athlete’s test results return to their established baseline, it indicates that they have recovered sufficiently and may be ready to resume sports activities safely.
It’s important to note that while baseline testing can be a useful tool, it should not be the sole factor in determining an athlete’s readiness to return to play. Other factors such as clinical evaluation, symptom resolution, and a gradual return-to-play protocol should also be taken into consideration.Baseline testing, in combination with thorough clinical evaluation and appropriate management strategies, helps healthcare professionals provide comprehensive care to athletes with sports concussions, ensuring their safe and successful return to sports participation.
Personalized Treatment and
Explore our range of innovative and non-surgical treatments specifically designed to address sports concussions and aid in the recovery process. From proper nutrition to cutting-edge methods such as the Sidney Crosby Concussion Treatment, we offer diverse options for comprehensive care.
By delving into these treatment modalities, athletes can benefit from personalized interventions tailored to their unique needs, contributing to a holistic approach that optimizes recovery. Discover the possibilities and embark on your journey towards a safer and healthier future.
- Vision therapy
- Mirror Therapy
- Ear insufflation
- Head-Eye Vestibular Motion Therapy
- Laser-Guided Proprioceptive Feedback
- Transcranial Vagus Nerve Stimulation
- Sidney Crosby Concussion Treatment
- Auditory Therapy
- Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy
- Somatosensory Evoked Potential (SSEP)
- Concussion Balance Testing
Post Concussion Syndrome Symptom Management
At Broadview Spine and Health Clinic, we understand the challenges athletes face when dealing with concussions. Our clinic offers advanced diagnostics and specialized treatments designed to help rehabilitate sports concussions. Our team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to athletes, assisting them in their journey back to optimal health.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, rest assured that we have treatments to help relieve them.
Concussion related headaches often occur unexpectedly and can last for several hours, days, or even weeks.
Your brain will seem to have less energy and even after minimal amounts of effort you might feel worn out or tired.
Memory & Concentration Difficulties
Memory deficits as well as difficulties with paying attention or concentrating are common with concussions.
The term “Brain Fog” refers to feelings of confusion, forgetfulness, and a lack of mental clarity related to concussions.
With a concussion, you may experience challenges with falling asleep or staying asleep – even if you’re feeling tired.
You might experience drastic changes in mood. Feeling abnormally sad or irritable is common with a concussion.
You may experience ringing or buzzing in the ears when exposed to loud sounds or when in noisy environments.
Light sensitivity, blurry vision, and difficulties with judging distance are common symptoms of a concussion.
Physical and Cognitive Rest
This includes both physical rest and cognitive rest, which involves limiting activities that require significant mental exertion, such as schoolwork, screen time, and video games. Gradually reintroduce these activities as symptoms improve.
This may include over-the-counter pain relievers for headaches (under the guidance of a healthcare professional), using sunglasses or avoiding bright lights for light sensitivity, and reducing exposure to loud noises for noise sensitivity.
Seek psychological support if experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties related to the concussion. PCS can sometimes lead to mood changes, anxiety, depression, or other psychological symptoms that may benefit from professional counseling or therapy.
Gradual Return to Activity
Gradually reintroduce physical activity under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Follow a stepwise approach that involves progressively increasing exertion levels while closely monitoring symptoms. This may include light aerobic exercise, sport-specific drills, non-contact practice, and eventually full contact and competitive play.
Prevention is always preferable to finding a cure, especially when it comes to sports concussions. By
focusing on proactive measures and taking steps to reduce the risk of head injuries, we can prioritize
the well-being of athletes.
Proper technique and skill development
Conditioning and strength training
Education and awareness
Rehabilitation in Ottawa
If you or someone you know is dealing with a sports concussion, don’t wait. Come to Broadview Spine and Health Clinic in Ottawa for specialized treatment and rehabilitation. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping you recover and regain optimal health. Take the first step towards healing and schedule an appointment with us today. Your well-being is our priority, and we’re here to support you on your journey to recovery.