Concussion Therapy

Creative Therapy Consultants provides best practice concussion assessment and treatment, based on the most current and evidence based research.
What is a concussion? According to Health Link BC, “a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.”  A concussion can occur with or without a loss of consciousness.

Post-concussion syndrome refers to the lingering symptoms following a concussion or a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI).

What are symptoms of a concussion?

It is important to understand that the symptoms of a concussion or post-concussion syndrome can be unique for each individual. Signs of post-concussion syndrome are often complex and may include physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms. Only a physician can diagnose if a concussion has occurred; it is important to seek appropriate attention, if any head trauma has occurred.

These symptoms impact somebody’s ability to return to full participation in work, leisure and sport.

 

Physical Symptoms

Headaches

Dizziness

Nausea

Motion sickness

Sensitivity to light

Sleep disturbance

Visual disturbances (eye fatigue, blurred vision, difficulty focusing et cetera)

Cognitive Symptoms

Decreased concentration/attention

Problems with recall

Mental fatigue

Emotional Symptoms

Anxiety

Depression

Irritability

 

When is it appropriate to refer a client for a Concussion Assessment?

A client can benefit from an assessment at any time after a concussion, only after being assessed by a physician who medically clears the individual for the assessment. Most concussive symptoms will improve after three weeks; persistent symptoms after this time require further investigation and treatment.

 

How can Creative Therapy Consultants help?

At Creative Therapy Consultants we understand the need for individualized assessment and treatment when dealing with post-concussive syndrome. The CTC multidisciplinary team has extensive course work and certification in Concussion Management, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Functional Capacity Evaluation. With access to Occupational Therapists, Kinesiologists and Rehabilitation Assistants, we are able to provide the highest quality of care to our clients. This may include preparation and plans regarding returning to work, school, leisure and/or sports after a concussion.

 

Who performs Concussion Assessment?

The concussion assessment will be administered by an Occupational Therapist who has received formal training in Concussion Assessment. Creative Therapy Consultants currently offers Concussion Assessment in the following geographical regions (including surrounding rural areas):

  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Penticton
  • Prince George/Lake District
  • Oliver/Osoyoos
  • Quesnel
  • Salmon Arm
  • Terrace
  • Williams Lake

 

What can a Concussion Assessment and treatment include?

  • Comprehensive Functional Assessment;
  • Vestibular Assessment and treatment;
  • Visual Perceptual Assessment and treatment;
  • Cognitive remediation and compensation strategies;
  • Exertion-based therapy;
  • Anxiety management;
  • Development, monitoring and progression of graded return to learn, return to sport, and return to work plans; and
  • Prevention education.

After the initial assessment, the Occupational Therapist will provide an individualized report with recommendations regarding further steps which could assist individuals return to work, play and household life.