Concussion Rehabilitation

The Geelong Neuro Centre is proud to be part of the Complete Concussion Management Inc.TM (CCMI) Partnership Program – a network of clinics around the world offering evidence-based concussion care. This is done by:

Assessment & Treatment:

Providing expert assessment and treatment based on the latest research for those affected by concussion

Education:

Improving the general public’s understanding of concussion through education at schools and sporting teams

Prevention:

Delivering prevention strategies for children and adults in our community

What is a concussion?

Concussion is a mild to moderate form of TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY caused by sudden head acceleration or deceleration, disrupting normal nerve function. It typically requires a force of 70-120 G’s, exceeding the impact of airbag deployment or heading a soccer ball.

The injury involves a shearing force on the brain, triggering initial heightened nerve activity, resulting in symptoms like body rigidity, auditory sensations, or visual disturbances. Subsequently, the brain experiences an energy deficit, leading to fatigue similar to post- exercise exhaustion. Recovery from nerve fatigue can take days to weeks.

At our clinic, we also specialise in treating the concussion and vestibular symptoms associated with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

Concussion Symptoms & Treatment

Concussion injury can lead to various problems across different body systems, such as headache, dizziness, fatigue, light sensitivity, tinnitus, neck pain, concentration difficulties, and confusion.

Accurate diagnosis of these areas of dysfunction is vital for comprehensive treatment, facilitating a faster and more effective recovery. Post-concussion syndrome/Prolonged concussion symptoms, PCS (also known as persistent post-concussive symptoms PPCS) arises when these symptoms persist beyond four weeks, the typical timeframe for brain energy dysfunction to resolve.

It’s important to note that every concussion is unique, with each individual presenting different symptoms and requiring personalised treatment.

Our specially trained physiotherapist works together with our occupational therapists, exercise physiologists and speech pathologist to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, co-management approach to support a successful and safe return to work, study, school or sport.

  • Accurate diagnosis: in consultation with your medical team our physiotherapists conduct thorough examinations to ensure your concussion is accurately identified and appropriately managed
  • Cognitive assessments: you will undergo a series or physical and cognitive tests to provide objective insight into brain function
  • Neurocognitive care: rest is no longer considered the best approach and early intervention can significantly improve recovery
  • Treadmill test and exercise prescription: this assesses the brain’s response to increased blood flow during activity to help guide the next step for concussion management
  • Visual and vestibular restoration: dizziness, visual abnormalities, concentration issues and memory problems are common following concussion. Our aim is to target these symptoms and reduce the impact of these on daily life.
  • Manual therapy: headaches, reduced balance or neck injuries (whiplash) are often associated with concussion. Through manual therapy we can help address these
  • Education: We are here to help and will work with you and your team to provide up to date advice, guidelines and a graded return to activity

If you have suffered a concussion and there are no available times in the next 72 hours, please call the clinic at 8am Monday on (03) 4245 1191 and we will arrange plans for an assessment.

If you have any of the below symptoms, please present to the Emergency Department ASAP to clear more serious injuries including bleeds or skull fractures:

  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Weakness or numbness in arms or leg
  • Unable to wake up
  • Worsening headache
  • Bad nausea or repeated vomiting
  • Increasing confusion
  • Unsteadiness with standing or walking
  • Bruising around eyes or ear
  • Odd behaviour
  • Slurred speech
  • Inability to remember injury

Book Below at our Concussion Clinic

Geelong Neuro Centre is a registered NDIS provider.

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