Understanding Concussions and The Role of Physiotherapy in Rehabilitation

by Sep 1, 2023Physiotherapy

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function, induced by an impact to your head or a forceful jolt that causes your brain to move rapidly back and forth inside your skull. This sudden movement can result in chemical changes in your brain or even damage brain cells. While generally not life-threatening, a concussion can cause severe temporary or long-term complications affecting cognitive, physical, and emotional functions.

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Recognizing a Concussion

Symptoms of concussion can be subtle and may not be apparent immediately. They include headaches, confusion, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, balance issues, fatigue, sleep disturbances, sensitivity to light or noise, and concentration or memory problems. However, symptoms may be more serious in severe cases, such as unconsciousness, seizures, or significant memory impairment.

The Role of Physiotherapy in Concussion Management

Recovering from a concussion can be a challenging journey. This is where specialized physiotherapy practices, like those at Westcoast SCI in Port Coquitlam, come into play. Physiotherapy offers a holistic and evidence-based approach, tailored to the individual’s unique needs, to support their recovery process.

Physiotherapy can help manage physical symptoms like headaches and balance problems. Manual therapy techniques, exercises for strengthening and flexibility, and vestibular rehabilitation are key components of the physical approach. Vestibular rehabilitation in particular focuses on balance and dizziness issues, training the brain to regain control over these functions.

Further, physiotherapy also helps in managing cognitive and emotional symptoms of concussions. It involves educating patients about the nature of their injury, normalizing their experiences, and providing strategies to cope with symptoms like memory problems, concentration issues, anxiety, and depression.

Concussion Recovery at Westcoast SCI Port Coquitlam

At Westcoast SCI Port Coquitlam, the physiotherapists follow a thorough process in managing concussion cases. This process starts with a comprehensive assessment to understand the impact of the concussion on the patient’s daily life. From this, a personalized treatment plan is developed, which can include physical exercises, manual therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, cognitive and emotional support, and education.

Physiotherapists at Westcoast SCI ensure the treatment plan is dynamic and adapts to the changing needs of the patient. They closely monitor the patient’s progress and modify the plan accordingly. This tailored, flexible approach is key to ensuring optimal recovery.

Continuing Physiotherapy at Home

While structured physiotherapy sessions are important, incorporating practices into daily routines can significantly enhance recovery. Simple balance exercises, gentle aerobic activity, and restorative sleep practices can all be part of a home routine guided by a physiotherapist.

The professionals at Westcoast SCI Port Coquitlam are committed to ensuring their patients not only receive excellent care during their sessions but are also equipped with the knowledge and skills to continue their rehabilitation journey at home.


While concussions can have serious implications on one’s health, they are manageable with the right care and rehabilitation plan. Physiotherapy plays a pivotal role in the journey to recovery, offering a comprehensive and personalized approach to managing physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms.

At Westcoast SCI Port Coquitlam, the focus is on providing an individualized, evidence-based approach, backed by expert knowledge and a commitment to patient care. It’s not just about symptom management, but also about equipping individuals with the tools they need for a successful recovery journey, promoting resilience, and enabling them to return to their usual activities.


If you live in the Tri-Cities, please give us a call to book a free 15-minute discovery call, and learn more about how physiotherapy can help you manage your concussion.

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