Headaches are the most common problem after a concussion. There are different types of headaches that can occur after a concussion. Mostly, they are similar to the types of headaches that occur in non-concussed populations. However, those who experience persistent agitation sometimes have other agitation-related problems that make the treatment of headaches more challenging – e.g. Binocular vision disorder, visuo-vestibular mismatch, autonomic dysfunction, etc. – and it is necessary and that is the multi-disciplinary approach offered in our York. Region Medical Clinic and York Region Physiotherapy Sites.
2. Neck pain
Whiplash is a neck injury that usually occurs with convulsions. There is no hard and fast rule on the force required for a concussion but many biomechanical studies suggest that the concussion occurs with a head force above 80 – 95g. Similarly, in the classic “rear-end” motor vehicle accident, it has been shown that only 12g force (corresponding to the impact speed of 32 km / h) is required to whiplash.
3. Dizziness / imbalance
The exact cause may vary for specific cases of dizziness / poor balance after a concussion. In general, however, it is caused by the way the vestibule works, the way it transmits signals from the vestibule to the brain, the way the brain processes those signals, and / or the way the brain uses this information to control your body. Automated reflection – a reflection that most of us take for granted because we don’t usually know it consciously. Vestibular is sought after in Integrative Fashion Therapy offered at our Aurora Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Center.
4. Sensitivity to light
This is a common complaint after convulsions and often gets better with proper treatment. Immediate help measures include avoiding abusive lighting and using sunglasses to counter when the lighting is out of your control. Managing your energy, sleep, training the autonomic nervous system and treating any vestibular and binocular vision abnormalities will also improve this symptom. Our Thornhill location, more centrally located for those seeking sports physiotherapy in Vaughan or physiotherapy in Markham, offers vision therapy for those seeking expert post-conjunctivitis syndrome expertise in binocular vision disorder in Toronto and the surrounding area.
It is believed that when a person wakes up, the synaptic activity of the brain during sleep returns at a lower baseline rate compared to when it uses 80% of the brain’s energy. The amount, quality and timing of sleep are all important variables that need to be considered and they are usually manipulated by athletes to train for success.
Lack of effective sleep can also cause other problems – e.g., cognitive problems, headaches, etc. It is useful for controlling sleep and making it as effective as possible. The most effective way to do this is through cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, which is offered at the York Region Concession Clinic.