Daniel GallucciMar 17

So You've Had a Concussion

A close up of a man covering his face with his hands.

Navigating the World of Post-Concussion Treatment Options

They’re a lot more common than you might think.

Having treated concussions for over a decade, I’ve come across a lot of misinformation when discussing the brain.

So, what does a concussed person do? Where do they go for help? Here are a few of my personal recommendations:

1. More Tools in the Toolbox

If you’ve ever tried to fix or build something, you know it can take a lot of different tools. That’s why we have a toolbox filled with them.

Why would something as complex as our brain be any different?

Anyone working in the world of concussion needs multiple tools at their disposal:

  • a researcher will think in terms of data and statistics
  • a chiropractor will think in terms of mechanics
  • a psychologist will think in terms of incentives.

Pulled together, each of these professionals offers a component that can be successful as part of a comprehensive approach.

You wouldn’t try and fix your car with just a hammer, right?

2. Search for Board Members

Before visiting a concussion clinic, check out its website and look up its scientific advisory board. In fact, you might want to check out several of them.

Are any individuals on multiple boards? Recently published? Keynote speakers?

Seek out those clinicians. They are truly on the leading edge of concussion care.

3. Bridge the Gap

Reach out to experts bridging the gap between research and practice. You want individuals with one foot in each world.

Start by Googling concussion research in your city or town. As this involves sitting at your computer, staring at a screen, and sifting through the results — something a concussed patient is ill equipped to do — ask a parent, partner, or friend for help.

4. Research Government Programs

There are often state or provincial programs designed to help you navigate the rapidly changing world of concussion.

Once again, an online search is a good place to start. Search for “region/city/town concussion treatment” — or words to that effect — and see what comes up.

Much of the information on these websites can be useful regardless of where you live.

5. The Miraculous Brain

Above all else, remember that the brain is extraordinarily complex and miraculous.

No one doctor, researcher, or institution will ever have a complete understanding of the brain.

On countless occasions, I’ve seen remarkable progress when none was expected, demonstrating the brain’s amazing resiliency, which far surpasses its complexity.

So give yourself the space, time and resources to heal.