A concussion describes a mild, traumatic brain injury, but there's alot of confusion around who can actually diagnose it.

The concussion itself is the initial impact or injury. The symptoms that persist afterwards are referred to as Post Concussion Syndrome. Learn more about concussions here.

Various healthcare providers are trained and qualified to manage specific post-concussion symptoms. This means, at Absolute Health and Wellness, our team of physiotherapists, naturopaths, chiropractors and massage therapists can help in deal with symptoms and help you recover.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is simply a type of brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Impacts causing a concussion may be direct blow or rotational in nature (like spinning) [1].
The rapid movement associated with the physical trauma can stretch and damage brain cells. The damage is mediated by various chemicals and metabolic changes, but at the end of the day is inflammation and oxidation. So, managing a concussion should involve managing inflammation and oxidation.

Diagnosis of Concussion

In Ontario, only Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Neuropsychologists can make a diagnosis of concussion. It is only these three professions for whom it is within their legislated scope of practice to provide diagnosis for neurologically-based conditions [1].

In other words our team at Absolute Health and Wellness cannot tell you that you have a concussion, for that you need to see your family doctor, nurse practitioner or neuropsychologist. This is especially important for those looking for doctors’ notes or written communication for purposes of work place absences, insurance or lawsuits.

Treating Post Concussion Syndrome

Post concussion syndrome involves a myriad of symptoms, and as such, it may seem daunting. But keep in mind the main, underlying philosophies are reducing brain inflammation and oxidation. Usually, very conservative methods are effective, with proper rest and specific techniques. For more info, give the clinic a call or come on in to chat.

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About the Author - Dr. Johann de Chickera

Dr. Johann de Chickera is a naturopath at Absolute Health and Wellness in Paris Ontario

Dr. Johann is a licensed naturopathic doctor and co-owner of Absolute Health and Wellness. He completed his 4-year degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). His clinical focus lies in chronic disease, such as those related to the Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, and Immune Systems.

His approach to medicine relies on working with the patient to come up with a feasible, multi-factorial approach that addresses all complaints at once. He employs a strong background in diagnostic medicine and human physiology and pathology to diagnose and treat. His treatment involve a combination of nutritional counselling, botanical medicine, eastern medicine (acupuncture), nutraceutical supplementation and hands on physical medicine.

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