A concussion is classed as a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). In 2017 as many as 20,000 Australians were hospitalised with a TBI with 85 percent classified as mild TBI. Brain Injury Australia estimates that every year in Australia more than 3,000 people are hospitalised with concussion, just from playing sport, with many more unreported.
Concussions can occur in all walks of life and whilst 90 percent will make a full recovery within 10-14 days, some still go on to experience debilitating symptoms that can impact on all areas of daily living. Common symptoms following a concussion can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, poor concentration, reduced thinking speed, poor memory, blurred or double vision, light/noise sensitivity, irritability, anxiety, depression and nausea. These symptoms can significantly impact an individual and limit them from participating in their regular work and leisure activities. Without professional guidance these symptoms can progress to becoming a permanent disability.
At ARC we run a program tailored to the individual’s concussion recovery. Working collaboratively with our specialist Vestibular Physiotherapist, Vanessa, we have supported clients to understand their symptoms, reduce their “brain fog” and work towards returning to work and leisure goals.
Occupational therapy considers the individual in their unique circumstances as a whole. The therapist works alongside the client to provide education on symptoms and symptom management including pacing, prioritising, cognitive retraining, desensitisation to noise and light alongside planning ways to return to work and other activities.
To find out more, speak to Senior Occupational Therapist, Anne Biddlecombe and Specialist Vestibular Physiotherapist, Vanessa Simpson.
Anne Biddlecombe – Senior Occupational Therapist at ARC.