My approach to concussion care is comprehensive and based on the most recent research on mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). If you have been told to lie in a dark room, wake up every couple of hours while sleeping, and/or to avoid activity, you have been given ineffective and uninformed advice. Whether you are newly concussed or have Persistent Post Concussion Syndrome, my approach will help identify which area(s) of your brain have been impacted so that I can prescribe rehab specific to your needs. Return to work/school/play protocols are available.
Symptoms that can be addressed in our appointments include, but are not limited to:
Once the initial assessment is done, comprehensive concussion care may include:
New studies have shown that oculomotor training can reduce the instances of concussion in athletes1,2. Better visual skills may mean athletes are better at object tracking and therefore better able to avid concussions.
Research has also shown that increasing strength in the trapezius can mitigate the impact of concussions in seniors3 .
Additionally, baseline testing in athletes means that if they do experience a concussion a data set to which post-concussion testing can be compared exists. This helps identify if deficits observed during testing are due to the concussion or if they existed prior to the injury.
Lindsay experienced approximately 14 concussions between the ages of 9 and 25, some with loss of consciousness, some without. These concussions occurred from sport (she was a competitive soccer and lacrosse player and participated in many other sports recreationally), accidents, and because of health issues that caused her to faint without warning. After her last concussion in 2014 her health slowly began to deteriorate. Over the course of a few years, she dealt with intense headaches and neck pain, constant injuries, insomnia, feelings of anxiety, autonomic dysfunction, body pain, lack of coordination, food sensitivities, SIBO, resting and activity tremors, intermittent tinnitus, and high levels of fatigue. She was put on medication by a neurologist and told there were no solutions to her problems. Luckily, Lindsay was eventually able to receive treatment in the form of functional neurology. She was able to come off her medication and her symptoms resolved (although can still be exacerbated by fatigue).
Because of her experience with Persistent Post Concussion Syndrome, Lindsay understands how patients are feeling and can empathize with how difficult it can be to find appropriate care within the OHIP system and beyond. She combines her personal and professional experiences with her clinical knowledge to provide patient-centred, effective care.
Lindsay is a Registered Kinesiologist who is certified in Concussion Management from the Rehab Lab.