Following a concussion, the “sitting in a dark room” approach is only effective for so long - in fact new research suggests that prolonged “black box therapy” is an ineffective technique in concussion management making this an out-of-date recommendation. Concussions, like other orthopedic injuries, should be properly managed and rehabilitated. While a certain amount of physical and cognitive rest is still the best approach in the early stages of the injury, having a health professional guide you through this step-by-step may prove to be invaluable.
Our Healthcare Providers conduct a thorough post-injury evaluation in order to gain a complete picture of your injury and how it's impacted you. This includes a detailed interview in order to obtain information on:
- How the injury occurred
- How you felt immediately after
- How you're feeling presently
- History of previous concussions
- Current and past medical conditions
- Previous trauma/injury
- Current medications
The physical examination provides your Practitioner with insight into the severity of your injury, as well as specific impairments that may need to be addressed as part of an ongoing management strategy. This portion of the testing may include a combination of the following:
- Computerized neurocognitive testing
- Balance testing
- Strength and coordination testing
- Screening of oculomotor skills
- Vestibular testing
- Gait assessment
- Orthopedic assessment of secondary injuries (eg. neck, back)
The assessment methods used are tailored to the immediate needs of the patient and each Healthcare Provider uses his/her discretion on a case-by-case basis.
To book an assessment near you, visit our Locate a Provider page.