Recovering from a concussion can be difficult and frustrating at times. Shift Providers understand that each person is affected differently and as such, requires individualized care. Management strategies are used to limit the amount of impairment as well as expedite recovery as much as possible. These strategies may include any one of a combination of the following and are case-dependent:
- Education around the injury, individualized strategies for rest and recovery
- Specific recommendations around employment/academic demands
- Manual/Physical therapy for associated complaints (neck, whiplash)
- Vestibular and ocular rehabilitation for dizziness, motion sensitivity, balance disorders, and visual complaints
- Physical exertion testing and exercise plans for return to sport or an active lifestyle
- Referral for additional forms of care (eg. Medical, Optometric, Psychological/Neuropsychological, etc.)
Most Concussions resolve within a short time-frame but some may persist up to a month or longer. A small percentage of individuals may go on to experience Post Concussion Syndrome - a term used to describe the persistence of concussion-related symptoms beyond the expected recovery time-frame.
It is normal to feel frustrated, sad or angry during your recovery because you cannot return to sports, work or academic activities right away.