Concussions and Post-concussion Syndrome
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that is most commonly caused by a bump to the head due to sport injury, vehicle accidents, or falls. Severe whiplash can also cause a concussion without a direct blow to the head.
While many concussions resolve on their own, a neurological assessment and step-by-step plan to return to play, work, and daily life is extremely important. Intensive professional training in neurological rehabilitation is required for effective management of concussions and symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.
A multi-faceted approach is very important and includes specific, prescribed rest periods; an active, neurological home exercise program; appropriate manual therapies to the neck, jaw, and upper back as needed; a vestibular rehabilitation program; and a guided step-by-step progressive loading of physical and mental activity.
Symptoms of concussion and post-concussion syndrome include (but are not limited to):
- Poor concentration
- Light and noise sensitivities
- Vision issues
- Vertigo and dizziness
- Facial / TMJ pain
Dr. Tyler Stinnissen has focussed his continuing education in clinical neuroscience through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB). Specifically, he has studied very targeted interventions for post-concussion syndrome, headaches and migraine, vertigo and dizziness. He uses this expertise to target his neurological assessments and develops individualized treatment plans that consist of specific brain-based exercises, neurological rehab and manual therapies.