Over the last few years, there has been a surge of research done on concussions to help us better understand this condition and its management. However having dealt with numerous concussion patients, I have noticed one emerging problem; patients are educated on concussions as well. This has translated into more athletes falsely covering up their symptoms so they can get cleared to return to practice/sport. Fortunately, we run extensive objective baseline testing on all our athletes to ensure we do not rely on patients’ symptom profile. However, two main scenarios arise when individuals come to us without baseline testing. Firstly, if the patient has social pressure to return to play/work etc., it gives the patient an opportunity to fast track their return. The opposite extreme also exists; where people can be overtly terrified about the long-term risks of concussions. These individuals become quite paranoid regarding their experience and can greatly prolong their own recovery. I blame most of these attitudes on the extensive negative media coverage on the topic.
In both the above scenarios, the first step to recovery is education. Being properly informed allows our patients to deal with this injury head on (no pun intended). The truth is that concussions are dangerous enough to warrant proper testing and management, yet not dangerous enough to become fearful of all activity.
Here at the Oakville Optihealth Clinic, we provide numerous options for those suffering with acute concussions and post-concussion syndrome. Just remember that the ultimate treatment is having a proper baseline test. This ensures the most accurate return to play in the event of a concussion.
The Optihealth Clinic is a proud affiliate of Complete Concussion Management ™. Find out more information at www.completeconcussions.com
Dr. Mike Rumeo is chiropractor with a passion for improving the health of his community and pain management. He primarily utilizes chiropractic, medical acupuncture and rehabilitation to help his patients. He is the owner of the Oakville Optihealth Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic located at Fourth Line and South Service Rd W, in Oavkville ON. To contact Dr. Rumeo, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 905.465.0202.