What is concussion?

Concussion is a brain injury caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head, face, neck or body.

Post-concussion symptoms can affect you physically, mentally and emotionally.

Symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness and balance issues
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Anxiety or depression

These symptoms usually resolve in several days to weeks, but may take up to three months.


What to do about concussion

In the early stages, if you have had a concussion, simple management involves:

  • STOP studying / working / playing sport
  • Get HELP from a health professional
  • REST your mind and body
  • SLOWLY get back to studying / working / playing sport

Getting the right treatment can help promote recovery and will reduce the risk of long-term problems. These long-term problems include delayed recovery, ongoing symptoms, poor mental performance and further injuries.

Concussion help at Pain Options

We offer post-concussion screening, assessment and management.

We assess people with post-concussion symptoms, as well as screening people with resolved symptoms to determine whether they are ready to safely return to sport and study/work.

We will:

  • Screen for serious conditions
  • Assess your post-concussion symptoms using a scientifically validated approach
  • Screen for safe return to study / work
  • Screen for safe return to sport
  • Develop an individual management plan with you that assists you to safely and effectively reduce your symptoms and get you back to the things you need, want and love to do.

As part of your assessment, we use the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill test. This test helps determine your current exercise capacity and enables us to develop an individualised aerobic exercise program to promote recovery and return to activity.

We will refer you on to our network of expert health practitioners if you require other management.

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