Sports Injuries & Concussions

SPORTS INJURIES

There’s always a certain amount of risk for sports-related injuries when playing sports. Contact or collision sports have higher injury rates, such as soccer, baseball, basketball and football. Twice as many males suffer sports-related injuries compared to females due to the types of sports they play. Whether you’re a seasoned and trained athlete or weekend warrior, there’s always a chance of incurring a sports injury.

Concussion

 

It is important for the clinician to be able to effectively identify physical signs of a concussive injury to the brain and manage these symptoms quickly and effectively. Concussions can be a result of a sports injury or car accident and are more common then we have thought. A patient with concussion-related deficits post 3 months of trauma are diagnosed as having "Post-Concussion Syndrome".

How Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa Can Help You Sports Injuries:

Harmony Ottawa Sports and Exercise Physiotherapists have expertise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many common (and uncommon) sports medicine conditions, including:

  • Muscle strains including hamstring and calf strains

  • Tendinopathies including Achilles tendinopathy, gluteal tendinopathy, rotator cuff tendinopathy, “tennis elbow” and “golfers’ elbow”

  • Joint injuries, such as shoulder joint injuries, knee, hip and ankle pain

  • Spinal conditions, including low back pain, stress fractures, disc and facet joint injuries

  • Education and strategies for management of chronic pain conditions

Sports and Exercise Physiotherapists are best equipped to assist athletes achieve optimal performance through planning and periodisation across the sporting season.

Some signs of Post Concussion Syndrome can be a combination of:

  • Headache

  • Pressure in Head

  • Neck Pain

  • Nausea or Vomiting

  • Dizziness

  • Blurred Vision

  • Balance Problems

  • Sensitivity to Noise

  • Feeling Slowed Down

  • Feeling like ‘Being in a Fog”

  • Melaise (“Don’t Feel Right”)

  • Difficulty Concetrating

  • Difficulty Remembering

  • Fatigue or Low Energy

  • Confusion

  • Drowsiness

  • Trouble Falling Asleep

  • Irritability

  • Nervous or Anxious

How Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa Can Help You With Concussions:

Concussion therapy at Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa is a highly useful tool in supporting recovery from traumatic brain injury. During concussion therapy at Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa, you can expect to work with a highly experienced physiotherapists who will evaluate the severity of your brain trauma and match you with tricks and strategies that can reduce discomfort, alleviate painful symptoms, and improve brain functionality.

All too often, it is these symptoms of a concussion that lead to the greatest amount of discomfort. Harmony Ottawa Physiotherapists can encourage a return to feeling better by restoring strength to atrophied muscles and improving endurance. This can be achieved through a combination of muscle-training activities and aerobics. However, it is important to work with a physiotherapist to gain guidance regarding the best activities for your body’s needs post-brain injury. Working out alone could lead to further injury. Your Harmony Ottawa Physiotherapists will customize a strength-building program for you, as well as guide you through aerobic moves that help you regain that endurance.

In addition to physiotherapy additional strategies like targeted massage, specific stretches, and even eye motion training can help to reduce headaches and nausea following a concussion. Physiotherapy programs at Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa for concussion often build in vestibular therapy, which helps you orient yourself during periods of lightheadedness or loss of balance. To encourage this your Harmony Ottawa Physiotherapist will introduce you to specialized activities, including fixing your gaze at a certain point in the distance, or using simple movements to stabilize your core and limbs. With proper guidance these strategies can be incredibly helpful in improving quality of life as you recover from a concussion.

A concussion or Sports Injury is not something you can ignore.If you or a loved one have experienced a concussion or Sports Injury, Contact Us Today at Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa to learn more about concussion and Sports Injury treatment and therapy options.

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