What is concussion therapy?

Concussion therapy is a specialized approach to the treatment and management of concussions, which are mild traumatic brain injuries. This therapy is personalized to each patient's specific needs and can range from a few seesions to more extensive treatment, depending on the severity of the concussion.

At the Adelaide Health Clinic, our team use concussion therapy to help patients safely recover, manage symptoms, and prevent long-term complications, such as post-concussion syndrome. 

When can concussion therapy help?

Concussion therapy can help a patient in various situations and at different stages of concussion therapy. It is typically recommended when:

- Diagnosis of concussion: following the diagnosis, therapy can begin to manage symptoms, monitor progress, and facilitate a safe recovery
- Presence of persistent symptoms: if a patient continues to experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, cognitive deficits, balance issues, or emotional challenges after the acute phase of a concussion, therapy can be helpful
- Post-concussion syndrome: therapy becomes crucial to address prolonged symptoms - typically more than three months
- Athlete return-to-play protocols: for athletes who have sustained a concussion and wish to return to their sport, therapy is an essential component of the return-to-play process, which ensures athletes are symptom-free and have fully recovered before resuming physical activity
- Multiple concussions: patients who've experienced multiple concussions or head injuries may benefit from therapy to manage and reduce the cumulative effects of these injuries
- Complex cases: therapy can be tailored to address complex symptoms or co-occurring conditions, such as neck injuries or visual disturbances
- Prevention & education: concussion therapy is not limited to treatment; it also plays a role in educating patients and their families about concussions, their prevention, and the importance of early intervention

What should I expect from my concussion therapy appointment?

Typically, your appointment will begin with an assessment and evaluation of your condition and symptoms. And depending upon your symptoms, your therapist may conduct physical and cognitive tests to assess your balance, coordination, memory, and other relevant functions.

From here, your therapist will generate a treatment plan which may include various therapies like vestibular rehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation, balance training, or vision therapy. You will also receive education about your concussion, symptoms, and expected course of recovery.

You may be guided through specific exercises and techniques to address your symptoms. These exercises may include eye movements, balance exercises, cognitive tasks, or other interventions tailored to your needs.

Your therapist will continue to monitor your progress during each session. 

If you are an athlete or seeking to return to your regular activities, your therapist will provide a structured plan for a safe return, ensuring you are symptom-free and your functions have fully recovered.

Is concussion therapy covered by OHIP or my insurance?

Concussion therapy is not covered under your OHIP but may be covered by your extended health insurance plan. Please check your individual plans for more details. The Adelaide Health Clinic will provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Do I need a referral to get concussion therapy at the Adelaide Health Clinic?

No referral is necessary for concussion therapy to be part of your treatment plan. Upon completion of your assessment, your therapist can advise you if concussion therapy is appropriate for your injury. 

Is the Adelaide Health Clinic accepting new patients for concussion therapy?

Yes! Please call 416-367-5200 or click here today to book your appointment.