Concussion

A concussion is an injury to the brain. Up to 90% of people recover within 3-4 weeks with early identification, diagnosis & management.

Our concussion management services are provided by Physicians, Neurosurgeons, Registered Health Care Professionals including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Kinesiologists and Psychotherapists with training and expertise in treating concussions. We provide concussion assessment and treatment based on the best practices and current research.

Concussion Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms

Here are some of the well-documented signs and symptoms of a concussion:

  • Headaches

  • Memory issues and mental fogginess

  • Loss of concentration or ability to multi-task

  • Light and/or noise sensitivity

  • Irritability and/or mood changes

Did you know?

  •  There is no loss of consciousness in up to 90% of cases. You do not need to have hit your head.

  • There are no tests available to diagnose concussion. The only way to be certain is through a clinical diagnosis is made by an experienced medical professional. Often CT scans are normal. Brain CT & MRI are used to rule out intracranial bleeding & not helpful for the management of concussion as there is no visible damage to the brain tissue such as blood vessels, grey/white matter or skull fracture.

  • There are no tests available to diagnose a concussion. The only way to be certain is through a clinical diagnosis made by an experienced medical professional. Brain CT and MRI are used to rule out intracranial bleeding and  not helpful for the management of concussion as there is no visible damage to the brain tissue such as blood vessels, grey/white matter or skull fracture.

Every Person and Concussion Is Different

Management of a concussion is individualized at Altum and geared to educate and enable you to better manage your specific symptoms and improve your function. This will allow you to plan and pace your activities so you can get back to life as usual.

Treatment may include:

  • Planning and Pacing

  • Sleep Hygiene

  • Managing Stress

  • Balance Retraining

  • Headache Management

Coverage Options

We charge fees for our services. Please check with your insurance provider to see if you are covered by third party insurance. You may also choose to self-pay. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

The types of insurance coverage we accept are WSIB, Automobile Accident Insurance, Extended Health Benefits. Please contact your insurance carrier for coverage details and to obtain approval. Not sure if you’re covered? No problem. We can help you find out. Call us toll-free at 1 844 662-5886.

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