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Post-Concussive Syndrome

What is Post-Concussive Syndrome?

If you have had a concussion then likely you have heard about the risk for post-concussive syndrome. A concussion typically lasts for 5-10 days. When symptoms persist past 3-4 weeks then it is considered a post-concussive syndrome. This syndrome is complex as it can continue to affect a person’s cognitive and physical abilities. Further, it can event affect emotions, moods, appetite and sleep patterns for months and years to come. This is why following proper return to play and return to school protocol is so critical.

Risk factors

The risk factors for prolonged recovery and post-concussion syndrome are the following: a history of concussions, multiple concussions in close time proximity, pre-existing depression or anxiety, stress, and improper management. Recovery is expected to take longer in younger children and adolescents, as well as females compared to males. It is also important to note that returning to sports too soon may prolong recovery.

Key signs of Post-Concussive Syndrome

The most commonly reported post-concussion symptoms are headache, dizziness, decreased concentration, memory problems, irritability, fatigue, visual disturbances, sensitivity to noise, judgment problems, depression, and anxiety.

Road to recovery

Recent evidence suggests cognitive and physical rest for the initial few days of symptoms and then a return to light aerobic exercise and tasks. As long as the individual is asymptomatic they can begin to gradually increase in duration and intensity of tasks. Exercise has been shown to be valuable to recovery and improved motor and cognitive function to prevent post-concussive syndrome. A gradual return to school, work and play is crucial for preventing further injuries as well as limiting screen time. Nutrition, hydration and sleep will also play big roles in symptom management and healing.

Don’t wait, get assessed

If you are suffering from concussion symptoms or post-concussive syndrome, consult your trusted healthcare provider at CURAVITA. Our wonderful team of chiropractors and physiotherapists are trained in a variety of techniques to aid in the identification, recovery and symptom relief associated with concussion management. Book your initial assessment online or call us at our Glebe Clinic at 613-237-9000 or our Byward Clinic at 613-860-8600 in the heart of Ottawa.

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