Concussion and Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy and Concussion

Over the past few years concussion has become a hot topic in Australia as more and more research emerges in terms of the long term complications that these injuries can cause.

Concussion or mild traumatic brain injury is caused by a force exerted onto the head or other parts of the body where the forces are then transmitted to the brain in a “whiplash” type incident. Most common concussion injuries are as a result of falls, motor vehicle accidents, and sports accidents.

With many concussions going un-diagnosed and untreated it is important to recognise the symptoms and seek medical attention.

Symptoms of Concussion

The most common symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Poor balance
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Vision changes

What to do if you’ve Suffered a Concussion

Post-concussion diagnosis a doctor will be able to guide an individual through levels of re-introduction into both physical and mental activities. Initially, it is important to cease any physical activity as well and any mental tasks such as computer or phone time, watching television or general work. The slow introduction back into normal activities ensures that symptoms are managed and the brain is given time to recover and adjust to normality.

Physiotherapy and Concussion

As Physiotherapists, we are able to manage in many of the symptoms that may accompany a concussion such as neck, back and shoulder pain which we are equipped to deal with on a regular basis. Furthermore, we are able to aid in the re-introduction of physical activity or to build a program to reduce the likelihood of future concussions.

Recent research has revealed that there is a direct link between neck strength and the likelihood of future concussions. As physiotherapists, we are able to implement a specific rehabilitation program for sports-people to limit the chances of mild traumatic brain injury in contact sports.

So if you or someone you know has suffered the effects of concussion or are still struggling with some of the secondary injuries feel free to get in contact with Burleigh or Broadbeach Physiotherapy centres to discuss.


Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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