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Crows nest physiotherapist treating concussion

Concussion Physiotherapy

Concussion physiotherapy rehabilitates an individual’s function after they have sustained a concussion. There are 5 broad categories:

  • Vestibular

  • Visual

  • Cognitive

  • Heart rate variability

  • Neck dysfunction

These functions are affected by the physiological changes that occur in your brain due to a concussion.

 

Just like any hip, knee or shoulder injury, physiotherapy focuses on improving the deficits of that function. For example, when someone is struggling to bend down or lunge due to knee pain, a physiotherapist will train proper squatting technique and recommend strengthening exercises. Concussion physiotherapists train your body too, they just focus on your functions that involve your brain instead. But because the brain is involved in so many things, your rehabilitation program involves many aspects too.

 

Concussion physiotherapists will break down the function you are struggling with, work on your limitations at an easier level and then slowly re-introduce you to the harder tasks and activities that were initially symptomatic. This is rehabilitation in a nut-shell for almost any condition.

 

Your physiotherapist will also work with other health professionals such as your GP, neurologist, opthamologist and your coach or support network as needed.

Crows nest physiotherapist treating concussion

What is a concussion?

Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury in the absent of structural damage, caused from an indirect or direct blow to the head. Often it can occur in sports such as rugby, soccer and martial arts, however those in construction, military and sometimes even just day-to-day with overhead beams and falls can sustain a concussion. It’s affects can range from difficulty concentrating and completing cognitive tasks such as school or work, to difficulty exercising and challenges with balance.

Common symptoms include:

  • Dizziness

  • Headaches

  • Pressure in the head

  • Fogginess

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Increased mood swings and irritability

  • Tinnitus (ringing in ears)

  • Sensitivity to lights, smells and loud sounds

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty looking at a screen

  • Difficulty with short term memory

  • Neck pain and stiffness

  • Double vision (diplopia)

  • Reduction in peripheral vision and visual acuity

  • Altered balance

  • Nausea

  • Not feeling right or feeling down

  • Difficulty exercising

Not all symptoms occur right away either. Some can take days or weeks to emerge. Pushing yourself more than your brain and body can handle, often precipitates more symptoms so it’s important to work within your capabilities as your body heals.

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  • How do I get to Prana Physiotherapy & Health?
    The practice is located at Suite 24 / 272 Pacific Highway Crows Nest NSW 2065. If you are driving: Click here for Google Maps directions or visit our Contact Us page for exact directions. If you are catching a Train: We are located a 10-15 minute walk between North Sydney Station and St Leonard Station. There are linking buses that take you up Pacific Highway and stop at the front of the practice. For specific bus routes, please visit Sydney Buses Information.
  • Where can I park?
    Metered parking or free parking is available in surrounding streets on Bruce Street or Sinclair Street. We recommend parking in the Nicholson Street Car Park or Crows Nest Woolworths Parking, both less than a 5 minute walk away. There is an underground carpark at 272 Pacific Highway Crows Nest run by Interpark - however please note this has restricted hours and hourly rate fees.
  • Is your clinic accessible?
    The practice is located on the ground floor and is fully accessible. There is a laneway entry via Bruce St for drop off access to the practice. Accessible bathrooms are located in the foyer of 272 Pacific Highway.
  • How long are the appointments?
    Initial consultations are one hour to ensure sufficient time for assessment and treatment. Follow up consultations range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Remedial massage therapy sessions can range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Clinical exercise classes are 50 minutes.
  • I haven't been to Prana Physiotherapy & Health for a while, what does this mean?
    If you haven't attended Prana Physiotherapy & Health for 12 months or more, you will be booked in as an initial appointment. This is because we haven't seen you for a while, it may be for a new issue and our clinicians will need to assess, diagnose and create a management plan for your issue. We will also ask you to fill out our consent form again to update any of your details.
  • I have a new issue but have been to the practice before.
    If you are attending for a new injury, you'll be booked in as an initial appointment as our clinicians will need to assess, diagnose and create a management plan for your issue.
  • Do I need a doctor's referral?
    No, a doctor's referral is not required to see one of our physiotherapists.
  • What if I can’t get in to see the same Physiotherapist?
    Every effort is made to ensure consistency of patient care. If you are unable to see the same practitioner for your follow-up appointment, rest assured our practitioners work very closely together, and patient handovers and management plans are accessible if the need arises.
  • Is there a waiting list?
    We do have a waiting list that our patients can access for their preferred appointments with their current practitioner. To be placed on the list, please call reception on (02) 9436 2565. For new / acute patients we aim to ensure that you are seen within 1-2 days of your enquiry.
  • What should I wear to my Physiotherapy appointment?
    Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. We also recommend that you wear or bring a singlet or shorts that you can change into so that we can assess you comfortably.
  • I've booked a telehealth consultation, how does it work?
    Telehealth allows a physiotherapy or exercise consultation to be done over video or via a phone call. Telehealth bookings can be made by our online booking system or by phoning reception on (02) 9436 2565. Prepayment is required for the consultation. Your physiotherapist will send you a link to zoom prior to your consultation. After the consultation has been completed, reception will email you a receipt so that you can claim with your private health insurance if you have cover.
  • How do I contact my treating practitioner?
    You are able to call the practice directly on (02) 9436 2565 or email physio@pranaphysio.com.au. If your practitioner is with another patient, we will ensure your message is passed on for them to call or email you back as soon as possible.
  • I am a long-term patient of Dr Helen Clare's, who should I see now?
    Dr Helen Clare is a specialist physiotherapist who uses the McKenzie Method style of treatment. All of our physiotherapists are trained in using the McKenzie Method. If you previously saw Dr Clare in her Crows Nest rooms, your file will likely still be on our system. Please contact our reception on (02) 9436 2565 to discuss which physiotherapist will be best to continue your care. Click here to read more about the McKenzie Method.
  • Can you refer me for medical imaging? (X-Ray, Ultrasound, MRI)
    Physiotherapists can refer for some types of imaging, however Medicare rebates are not applicable. Please discuss this with your treating practitioner. If imaging is required we generally liaise with your treating medical practitioner.
  • Do you treat acute sporting injuries, do sports taping or fit moon boots?
    We do offer short 15-minute appointments for sports taping fitting of moon boots or post acute sporting injury that requires referral for additional imaging. Please contact reception on (02) 9436 2565 or speak to your treating practitioner.
  • What are the consultation fees?
    The fees at Prana Physiotherapy & Health are variable depending on the type of appointment you are attending and the clinician you are seeing. For a list of the relevant costs involved for the service you are enquiring about, please call reception on (02) 9436 2565 and they will advise of the appropriate fees.
  • Do you process private health fund rebates on the spot after my consultation?
    Yes we certainly can; if you have private health insurance cover for the professional service seen, please bring your membership card with you and we will process an immediate rebate for you at the time of your consultation. The amount of this rebate varies depending on the fund you belong to and the level of cover you have chosen. You are then required to pay the 'gap' - ie. the amount of money the private health fund has not covered.
  • Can I get a private health fund rebate on Clinical Exercise Classes?
    Check with your private health fund to see if you are covered for Physiotherapy led clinical exercise (Code 560 or 561). If you are covered, at the completion of your casual class or 10 class pass or 20 class pass, reception will provide you a receipt to claim directly with your private health fund.
  • Is Physiotherapy covered by Medicare?
    Physiotherapy is not directly covered by Medicare, however in certain instances you may be eligible for Medicare programs such as the Chronic Disease Management program or Enhanced Primary Care Plan. These programs are managed by your GP, so please discuss these possible options with them. If your GP refers you to our practice under one of these programs, you will be required to pay our full scheduled consultation fees, then claim back your Medicare rebate with our itemised receipts.
  • Do you ‘bulk bill’?
    No, we do not process bulk billing for Medicare items. You will be required to pay the gap payment at the time of your appointment, which may be eligible for a private health fund rebate.

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