Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation (LFR) provides a Concussion Service for clients who have experienced a concussion. A concussion is also known as a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
What is a concussion?
A concussion can occur following a direct blow to the head or following an indirect whiplash-type injury which causes the brain to move around in the skull. You may or may not lose consciousness.
Suffering from a concussion can result in difficulties that may have an effect on your ability to manage everyday life, especially your relationships with family/whanau, friends, and employers, and your ability to return to physical activity, study or work.
Some concussion injuries have a delayed onset of symptoms which only emerge after a person has tried to resume usual activities.
Common symptoms of a concussion
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Thinking more slowly
- Poor balance or dizziness
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Feeling low in mood, irritable or anxious
What should I do following a concussion?
If you suspect you’ve had a concussion, it’s important to see your Doctor. If you’re experiencing symptoms of vomiting and severe headaches, seek immediate medical attention.
- Rest is required for 24 to 48 hours. Rest means getting as much sleep as needed and resting your brain in a quiet, dark place
- Light physical activity, such as walking, is also beneficial to encourage oxygen circulation to the brain
- If you have difficulty relaxing, breathing techniques, mindfulness or meditation can be useful tools
- Avoid watching TV, reading, using your phone or computer or chatting to friends
After the rest period, gradually return to normal activities and work at a level that does not provoke your symptoms.
How can we help?
Our Concussion Service supports recovery from concussion and reduces the likelihood of on-going difficulties.
Accessing our service
To access our Concussion Service under Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) funding, your Doctor, ACC Case Manager or an Accident and Emergency centre will need to refer you.
This referral needs to be made between 10 days and 12 months of the injury.
We also offer ‘fee for service’ options with a self-referral option.
Assessment and education
It’s important your therapist understands what your life was like before your injury and what your life is like now. This enables them to help you maximise your recovery.
So once we receive your referral, one of our Occupational Therapists will visit you in your home and design a recovery plan specific to your needs.
We utilise clinicians experienced in Occupational Therapy, Neuro-physiotherapy, Neuro and Clinical Psychology and other medical specialists to provide the best care.
Your therapist will provide education and strategies to help you understand and improve your symptoms so that you can gradually resume your normal activities.
Throughout your treatment, ACC, you and your Doctor will receive reports regarding your recovery.
The Concussion Service usually lasts for 3-6 months. If a longer duration of treatment is required, we can arrange with ACC to transfer you to another LFR service, enabling us to continue supporting your recovery.