Toronto Brain Health provides assessment and concussion management to individuals who are 18 years and older including:
15-20% of people are at risk of getting stuck in their concussion recovery. Neuropsychologists play an important role in diagnosing concussions, identifying risk factors and barriers to recovery, and targeting these barriers with evidence-based treatment.
The initial consultation with a neuropsychologist at Toronto Brain Health is the first step toward getting evidence-based treatment. The goal of the initial consultation is to diagnose a concussion or confirm a diagnosis, identify risk factors for prolonged recovery, identify barriers to recovery for persistent post-concussion symptoms, and to discuss a treatment plan. Depending on your specific circumstances, a more detailed neuropsychological evaluation may be indicated. Your treatment plan may include further referral to other disciplines or health professionals in the community who are qualified to provide evidence-based assessment and treatment for concussion and/or related issues (e.g., physiotherapy for assessment and treatment of neck injury, vestibular or balance problems).
Initial consultation includes:
- Completion of online forms as part of gathering pertinent information to make the initial consultation more efficient and informative to you.
- Review of medical records, if available, pertaining to medical, neurological, physical, and/or psychological history which can be important to informing prognosis.
- Diagnosis of concussion or confirmation of diagnosis.
- Brief screen of current psychological, cognitive and physical symptoms to identify potential barriers to return to life, sport, work.
- Preliminary treatment plan to address neuropsychological, psychological, and physical (pain-related) barriers to recovery.
- Referral to other professionals in the community as needed.
- For acute concussion (< 2 weeks since injury), initial consultation may focus on concussion diagnosis, concussion education and initiating guidance to reduce risk for prolonged recovery.
Concussion Management and Treatment
Treatment following an acute or recent concussion (e.g., within 2 or so weeks of injury) can take as little as 1 to 2 visits, including initial consultation, education and guidance to optimize recovery. For individuals experiencing persistent post-concussion symptoms, treatment duration and approach depends on the nature and extent of symptoms and identified barriers to recovery.
Although symptoms experienced immediately or shortly after injury can be directly related to brain injury, over time the brain heals and persistent symptoms can be maintained by many other factors, known as barriers to recovery. At Toronto Brain Health, these barriers are targeted with evidence-based treatment.