Physiotherapy Concussion Assessment

Physiotherapy Concussion Assessment


Understanding Concussions

Before we delve into the assessment process, let’s briefly recap what a concussion is. A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a sudden jolt or blow to the head or body. The impact can lead to a variety of symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, memory impairments, sensitivity to light and noise, and more. A proper physiotherapy assessment is essential to understand the extent of the injury and create a personalized physiotherapy management plan.

What to Expect?

Comprehensive History Taking: Your journey to recovery begins with a detailed discussion about your concussion and the circumstances surrounding the injury. This history-taking step helps your physiotherapist understand the cause and impact of the concussion and guides them in devising an appropriate assessment plan.

Symptom Evaluation: Next, your physiotherapist will explore the symptoms you are experiencing and how they have progressed since the concussion. All individual’s symptoms are unique, so understanding your specific challenges is crucial to tailor the assessment process.

Physical Examination: Your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough physical examination, focusing on various aspects which could include:

  • Neck range of motion
  • Muscle tightness
  • Balance and coordination
  • Vestibular function
  • Visual function
  • Strength
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Functional assessment
    • Your physiotherapist will assess how the concussion has affected your daily activities, work, school, and hobbies.

A thorough physiotherapy concussion assessment is a critical step towards a safe and effective recovery journey. Understanding the extent of the injury and its impact on various aspects of your life allows your physiotherapist to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals. Working together, we can navigate the path to recovery, helping you regain your physical and cognitive function and restore your overall well-being.