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Consussion Care

We are trained providers of the Shift Concussion Management Program. We provide an advanced approach to concussion awareness and management, guiding injured individuals to a safe return to both sport participation and daily life activities. Our program emphasizes a continuum of care from education and baseline testing to injury management and return-to-play.

Our Concussion Care Services Include:

  • Baseline Testing – ImPACT
  • After Injury Care – Rehab from post-concussive syndrome
  • Education and Training

Baseline Testing

NEUROCOGNITIVE PERFORMANCE TESTING

Recent advacements in concussion management have resulted in the widespread use of computer-based neurocognitive testing protocols, and evidence now shows that concussed athletes demonstrate subtle cognitive deficits that may persist beyond symptom resolution – emphasizing the fact that return to play once “symptom-free” is no longer an accurate measure of readiness.

For this reason, we employ ImPACT computerized neurocognitive testing as part of all our baseline and?post-injury assessment protocols. This type of testing provides us with a snapshot of how an individual’s brain is functioning both pre and post injury by measuring things like reaction time, processing speed, memory and attention/concentration. These cognitive processes are often affected by concussive injury and so this type of testing provides us with important information when managing a patient’s recovery. In order to gain a more complete picture of each patient, our baseline screening assessment also includes validated tests of balance and visual coordination skills.

After Injury Care

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT A CONCUSSION

Following a suspected concussion, it is recommended that you consult a Medical Physician (Family GP or Sport Physician) as early as possible for medical evaluation. Most sport-related concussion injuries do not require emergent care. It is also important that the individual remain under close observation during the first few hours following their injury, and should not be left alone or allowed to drive.

Below is a list of common signs and symptoms of a concussion:
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Headache

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Dizziness

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Neck pain

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Nausea or Vomiting

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Loss of balance

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Poor coordination

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Seeing "stars"

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Ringing in ears

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Easily distracted

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Poor concentration

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Vacant stare

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Feeling "foggy"

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Confusion

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Amnesia, or poor memory

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"Flashing lights"

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Blurred or double vision

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Irritability or emotional changes

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Slow to follow direction

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Decreased playing ability

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Drowsiness/fatigue

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Difficulty falling asleep

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Feeling "off" or not like oneself

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Trouble focusing on objects or words

WHEN TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL

Emergency evaluation is warranted in situations of deteriorating mental status such as increasing confusion and difficulty recognixing people or places. Other symptoms requiring immediate medical attention include worsening headache; worsening nausea or vomiting, and excessive drowsiness or lethargy.

When a concussion is suspected, we also recomment booking an initial assessment with us as early as possible. Even if you have not had a baseline assessment with us, we will assess your injury and provide you with a management strategy to aid in your recovery.
Assessments and subsequent visits/therapy are covered under most extended healthcare benefit packages (eg. Chiropractic). For inquiries about appointments, please contact us.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR ASSESSMENT

During your appointment we will conduct a thorough post-injury evaluation in order to gain a complete picture of your injury and how it has 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 currently
  • History of previous concussions
  • Current and past medical conditions
  • Previous trauma/injury
  • Medications

The physical examination provides us with insight into the severity of your injury, as well as specific impairements that may need to be addressed as part of an ongoing management strategy.

This portion of testing may include a combination of the following:

  • Computerized neurocognitive testing – ImPACT
  • Balance testing
  • Strength and Coordination testing
  • Screening of visual-motor skills
  • Vestibular (or equilibrium) testing
  • Gait assessment
  • Generalized neurological screen
  • Orthopedic assessment of secondary injuries (e.g. neck, shoulders)

Please note that the above testing procedures may not all be completed on the first visit. The assessment methods used are tailored to the immediate needs of each individual and it will be at the discretion of the doctor as to which he/she will use.

Education and Training

At LiveWell Family Health Centre, we believe that education and prevention are the key to reducing the negative effects of concussions. We offer FREE educational training and presentations to any interested teams, organizations, leagues, and healthcare providers. To book an education session please contact us at 613-225-3339.
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For more information on the?Shift Concussion Management Program, please visit?http://www.shiftconcussion.ca/

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