How this Athletic Therapist Manages Concussions?

Concussion management is a hot topic these days and as an Athletic Therapist I have had my share of challenges in managing concussions.

I have interviewed an Athletic Therapist who has dealt with many concussions over the course of her career.

She is an active member in concussion management and is very passionate about spreading the awareness of managing this very serious sport injury to athletes, coaches parents and health providers.

Find out how this Athletic Therapist manages concussions as she gives her insight with a step by step process:

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Theo Fleury hosted a Segment on Concussions on “The Current” last week

Theo Fleury hosted a special edition of The Current on CBC. In parts two and three of the show the epidemic of concussions in hockey and the changing demographics of Canadian hockey is discussed.

Below is the link you can use to access the his interesting interview.



A Conversation about Concussions

In my last blog post I talked about my clinical observation
of cervical facet joint dysfunction post concussion.

Although neck related symptoms are fairly straightforward to manage,
the real challenge is managing the concussion itself and determining
when it is safe for the athlete to return to their sport.

To help shed some light on concussion management I will
be conducting a FREE teleseminar.  I will be interviewing an expert
who is involved in the management of concussions regularly.

But I need your help with this…

In order to get the most out of this interview,
I would like you to please post a comment and answer one question:




Post your QUESTION in the comment section and I will
be compiling all your questions in preparation for the interview.

Once I have your questions compiled I will give you the details
for the interview.

Concussions and Manual Therapy??

Concussions have gained alot of attention in the media
these days and is one of the most challenging injuries
to manage in sport today.

It is not uncommon for the Athletic Therapist, Sport Physician
and the Neuropsychologist
to lead and supervise the management
of concussions.

Certainly in my clinical practice I have also seen an
increase of athletes sustaining concussions and seeking
help for it. 

My role as a clinical therapist in managing concussions
has surrounded the associated neck dysfunction that I have
noticed to accompany these mild head injuries.  Since the
mechanism of injury typically involves some sort of head
trauma with associated cervical spine whiplash, it certainly
makes sense that there would be some upper cervical joint
dysfunction following a concussion. 

It is quite plausible that some of the headaches that athletes
complain about post-concussion could be stemming from upper cervical
spine facet joint dysfunction.  Lately, I have treated 3 athletes who
are post-concussive and have neck related pain and restriction of movement.

I have noted that in all 3 of these athletes the OA joint and
C2-3 facet joint were involved as areas of joint dysfunction.  

This is where I think manual therapy techniques have a role
in helping to manage concussions.  After appropriate
mobilisation techniques were performed to restore the
movement restrictions in my 3 athletes, they reported
improved mobility and less headaches and pain.  They still
reported headaches due to the concussion itslef.

The only research that I have been able to find on this specific
topic was a study done by J Treleaven, G Jull, L Atkinson on
Cervical Musculoskeletal Dysfunction in Post-Concussional Headache.
Cephalalgia August 1994 14: 273-279.

Their results suggest that a “high proportion of post-concussion headache
sufferers have physical signs of cervical musculoskeletal dysfunction,
particularly in the upper three cervical joints, and support the need
for a precise and sensitive physical examination of the cervical spine
in patients complaining of persisting post-concussion headaches.”

Has anyone else observed this?

Have you found any research to support this clinical observation
that I am witnessing??

Please post a comment and share your insights!