Concussion Rehabilitation Clinic
As public awareness of the importance of identifying and treating concussions has increased, so has the need for education, consultation and treatment services. If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion, you may be searching for information and services to assist in returning to school, work, or recreational activities.
Our team of experienced clinicians addresses the physical, behavioral/emotional, cognitive, and communication symptoms of concussion using evidence-based tools and best practice guidelines.
Through a collaborative team approach, we provide:
- Client & Family Education
- Practical strategies assist you in your daily life while you are recovering
- Communication with your Family Physician or Health Practitioner
- Recommendations to maximize your recovery
We offer services at our conveniently located clinic or in-home services within Ottawa. Many of our services are covered by Extended Health Plans and Short-Term Disability Plans.
Our Registered Speech Language Pathologists are experienced in post-concussion rehabilitation and address both the cognitive challenges that result from concussion or mild brain injury as well as the impact upon communication skills. Cognitive challenges may include attention, verbal memory and organization while communication skills such as processing language, word-finding and verbal organization may be affected by underlying cognitive issues.
For clients experiencing cognitive-communication symptoms such as word-finding difficulties, social communication challenges, functional memory problems, and concentration difficulties, returning to work or school can be intimidating. TRAC Group Speech-Language Pathologists work with clients, employers, parents and teachers to equip clients with the strategies and education they require to achieve a successful and enduring return to work or school.
Occupational Therapy promotes participation in the activities which give meaning and purpose to people’s lives such as work, school or leisure. TRAC Group Occupational Therapists are experienced in assisting individuals navigate the cognitive or physical challenges they may encounter while they are recovering from concussion or mild brain injury. Fatigue, visual disturbances, balance problems and cognitive difficulties are typical post-concussion symptoms for which TRAC Group Occupational Therapists possess particular expertise in managing. Through the provision of education, practical strategies and assistive devices, our Occupational Therapists help clients return to the roles and activities that are meaningful for them.
For clients experiencing physical or cognitive symptoms post-concussion, returning to work or school can be intimidating. TRAC Group Occupational Therapists work with clients, employers, parents and teachers to equip clients with the strategies and education they require to achieve a successful and enduring return to work or school.
Physiotherapy targets the identification and remediation of physical impairments and the associated disabilities while promoting mobility, functional ability, quality of life, and movement potential. Physiotherapy may include the prescription of or assistance with specific exercises, manual therapy, education, manipulation, and development of fitness and wellness-oriented programs for restoration and maintenance of function post-concussion.
TRAC Group Physiotherapists provides the following services in-home and clinic-based services:
- Vestibular Therapy*
- Musculoskeletal and Neurological Injury Assessment & Treatment
- ADP Assessments for Mobility Aids
- Strengthening, Conditioning & Reactivation Programming
- Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy Exercise Programming
*Only offered in-clinic
Vestibular Therapy is a specialty in Physiotherapy in which the Therapist assesses and treats vertigo and dizziness symptoms. There are many causes for dizziness and vertigo, including the following:
- Vestibular System Disorders (ex. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV))
- Visual Defects
- Neurological Dysfunction
- Cardiovascular System Disorders
- Psychogenic Dizziness (rare)
Physiotherapists complete an assessment to determine the cause of dizziness and treat, as necessary. Treatment may include positional maneuvers, manual therapies, vision exercises, balance and gait training as well as education on the condition and rehabilitation. The physiotherapist is also able to help determine if the dizziness or vertigo is caused by a condition that cannot be treated by a physiotherapist and can refer the client to the appropriate health professional.
Following an injury, attendance at medical appointments, coordinating care and accessing the appropriate professionals can be overwhelming. TRAC Group’s Registered Nurses are experienced at case managing rehabilitation services and facilitating proactive care for clients suffering from symptoms related to concussion and post-concussive syndrome. Our services include medical reviews, communicating with family doctors and health practitioners, facilitating referrals, attending medical appointments and provided education related to recovery.
For individuals suffering from pain and pain-related issues, our Registered Nurse Pain Consultants are available to conduct a comprehensive pain assessment and prepare an individualized pain management plan with an emphasis upon reactivation and quality of life.
Behavioural therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach designed to reinforce desired behaviours and eliminate undesired behaviours. Following concussion or mild brain injury individuals may require assistance in reducing or eliminating behaviors that develop in response to an injury or that serve as temporary coping strategies. TRAC Group Behavioural Therapists are skilled in working with clients to address maladaptive behaviours that interfere with their ability to resume their normal life activities and help to establish healthy behaviors that promote successful and enduring recovery and quality of life.
The scope of psychotherapy includes the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances related to issues surrounding concussions or traumatic brain injuries by Psychotherapeutic means. This service is delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication.
Psychotherapy usually involves two steps. Initially, in the course of preliminary evaluation interviews, it is necessary to identify the nature of the symptoms involved, what may be triggering them and/or determine whether the type of treatment proposed is appropriate given the characteristics of the Client’s situation. The achievement of these objectives is based on the conduct of one or more interviews and may involve questionnaires or standardized tests. At the same time, during this period, the Client can gather the necessary information enabling them to decide whether they wish to undertake Psychotherapy. In the second phase the Client will determine, with the help of the Clinician, if it is advisable to undertake Psychotherapy. If so, they will jointly determine the objectives to be pursued as part of the treatment and the methods that will be used to achieve these goals.
The duration of Psychotherapy depends on many factors, such as the nature of the difficulties, the nature of the objectives and the type of treatment proposed. In most cases, the Client will not be able to achieve their goals in one or two meetings. Research to date indicates that a period of a few months to one year is generally sufficient to achieve satisfactory results. The Client may stop the process at any time unless otherwise required by law. The Client usually ends Psychotherapy when the personal goals that were set are mostly achieved.
Return to work following recovery from a concussion or mild brain injury is common however in some cases return to an individual’s pre-injury occupation may not be possible or desirable. TRAC Group Vocational Consultants provide client-centered, outcome-based services both for individuals wanting to return to work post-injury and for those in search of a new career path.
Our Vocational Consultants work collaboratively with clients to devise individualized vocational plans that meet their goals for productive, meaningful activity and quality of life. Our services include: return to work facilitation & coordination with an employer, career determination testing, career planning, resume preparation & job search, and job coaching.
Contact us today and experience the TRAC Program Difference.