My name is Amanda Lee and I’m a Physiotherapist at Integra Health Centre. There were many reasons for choosing to work here but at the top of the list was the value this clinic placed on manual therapy. My colleagues and I strongly believe that the right manual therapy techniques combined with an individualized exercise program can effectively treat most injuries as well as help reduce acute and chronic pain....... Read More
Written by Physiotherapist Sarah Hull As the weather is finally warming up, I have been starting to see a lot more running injuries in the clinic. Running injuries are very common and often occur in the hip, knee and/or ankle. During a running stride, your two feet are never in contact with the ground at the same time. That means you are always relying on single leg balance for...... Read More
Written by Physiotherapist Emily Czechowskyj In the recent years, there has been a lot of media attention focused on concussions and specifically concussions that occur in sports. The first thing you need to know about a concussion is that it is a type of traumatic brain injury with varying symptoms including difficulty concentrating, sleeping, listening to loud noises, viewing bright lights, mood changes, memory loss, and problems with balance or...... Read More
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In the recent years, there has been a lot of media attention focused on concussions and specifically concussions that occur in sports. The first thing you need to know about a concussion is that it is a type of traumatic brain injury with varying symptoms including difficulty concentrating, sleeping, listening to loud noises, viewing bright lights, mood changes, memory loss, and problems with balance or coordination.
As concussion symptoms and causes become more well known there has been improved diagnosis in concussion and thereafter management. However, one question we frequently get is there a difference in men and women in concussion symptoms and management? The short answer is yes. Here is what is important to know between men and women when it comes to concussions. In women, concussion symptoms have been shown to be more severe when compared to healthy men of the same age (Moser et al., 2018). The symptoms that are more likely to be more severe in women is anxiety, dizziness and headaches. Whereas symptoms such as difficulty concentrating or memory appears to be about the same level of severity between men and women. This is important to note as some females may not have as many physical symptoms, but the severity of their concussion is shown through their emotional symptoms.
When considering what sports to play it also important to note that recent research has shown that females receive on average more concussions than their male counterparts (Clifton et al., 2018). It is unclear why this is the case, but it is theorized that it might be due to the smaller head to neck ratio in females or because females are more likely to report symptoms. As well, females take longer than males to recover from concussions and middle-aged women are more likely to suffer permanent symptoms. So if you’re a female and it is taking longer to recover from a concussion just know that this is normal and there is light at the end of the tunnel.