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Had a Concussion? Are you improving?

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  • Recently, our therapists attended a course regarding concussion.  This course was different, because while it talked about people getting headaches and dizziness with concussions, it identified that some of the symptoms you may be experiencing may not be a result of the concussion itself, but caused by dysfunction of the neck.

    As you probably know, a concussion is the result of a direct blow to the head. The impact creating a concussion also affects the neck-creating a neck strain, and possibly joint mobility changes in the neck.  So as the brain heals from the concussion, you may continue to have symptoms.  It is common to have dizziness, headaches, and balance changes that are caused from neck associated disorders.  Of the people who continue to have concussion symptoms after the initial phase (14 days for adults, or up to 4 weeks for kids) 71% complain of headaches, and 34% complain of dizziness.  These both could be caused from the neck, and the dizziness could also be caused from a dysfunction of the vestibular system.

    The signs and symptoms of an acute concussion may come on over 24 to 48 hours following impact to the head.  These can include amnesia, headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, sleep disturbances, balance disruptions, confusion, “foggy” feeling, reduced concentration, slow reaction time, irritability, anxiety, depression, being more emotional than usual.  It is common to get a few of these symptoms, but one person is unlikely to experience all of them.

    If you experience a concussion, you would benefit from seeing physiotherapist for an assessment and early advice for healing.  They will also be able to help you with keeping your recovery on track.  Our therapists are experts in manual therapy to treat the changed muscle strength and joint mobility in the neck.  We have a therapist trained in assessing and treating the vestibular system if your dizziness continues.  Keep us in mind the next time you or someone you know experience a concussion.

    Posted by: Leanne Schlachter, Pursuit Physiotherapy.

    Click here to learn more about Pursuit Physiotherapy.

     


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    Suspected carbon monoxide leak leads to hospitalization of 43 from Montreal school

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  • MONTREAL — A suspected carbon monoxide leak at a Montreal primary school led to the hospitalization of 35 children and eight adults Monday.

    A spokesman for the ambulance service said students at Ecole des Decouvreurs in the city’s LaSalle neighbourhood reported nausea, dizziness and vomiting. Between 15 and 20 people, including one adult, were initially affected.

    But after the school was evacuated and children were moved to a neighbouring school, another wave of children and teachers complained of symptoms.

    The illness could be related to carbon monoxide poisoning, but the cause has not been confirmed, Stephane Smith of Urgences-Sante said. In a letter to parents published online, the school administration raised the possibility of a problem “related to the heating system.”

    At around 12:30 p.m., Montreal Children’s Hospital declared a code orange, which is used for an emergency situation with multiple victims. Dr. Robert Barnes, the hospital’s associate director of professional services, said the 12 patients received there were in stable condition and under observation in the emergency room.

    He could not confirm whether they would be discharged Monday.

    Ste-Justine Hospital, Montreal’s other pediatric facility, reported that it had received 22 students from the school, none of whom was in serious condition.

    Firefighters inspected the school, but the school administration could not say Monday afternoon whether it would reopen Tuesday.

    The Canadian Press


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    Sen. Rand Paul scheduled to have hernia surgery in a private Ontario hospital

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  • LOUISVILLE, Ky. — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul plans to undergo hernia surgery at a private hospital in Canada because of injuries he suffered when a neighbour tackled him while he was doing yard work at his Kentucky home.

    The Republican lawmaker is scheduled to cross the border for outpatient surgery scheduled sometime during the week of Jan. 21 at a hospital in Thornhill, Ont., his attorneys said in a recent filing in Paul’s lawsuit against Rene Boucher, who attacked Paul while the senator was doing yard work.

    The surgery is related to the 2017 attack, the court document says. Boucher pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress and was sentenced to 30 days in prison. Federal prosecutors are appealing the sentence, saying 21-months would have been appropriate.

    Paul is scheduled for surgery at Shouldice Hospital, which touts itself as a world leader in “non-mesh hernia repair.”

    “This is a private, world-renowned hospital separate from any system and people come from around the world to pay cash for their services,” Paul spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper said in an email Monday.

    In choosing Shouldice, Paul will receive care in a country that offers its citizens a publicly funded, universal health care system that runs counter to Paul’s approach to American health care policy. Paul, who ran for president in 2016, touts private-market approaches for U.S. health care problems.

    Paul’s chief strategist, Doug Stafford, pointed to Shouldice Hospital’s private status in pushing back against media reports about the senator going to Canada for treatment. “It’s literally the opposite of socialized medicine,” he tweeted.

    The hernia procedure is estimated to cost $5,000 to $8,000, the court document said.

    Paul suffered multiple broken ribs in the incident. Boucher has said the attack was triggered by Paul stacking debris near their property line in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and that he “lost his temper.”

    Paul sued Boucher last year seeking damages for physical pain and mental suffering from the attack. A jury trial is scheduled to begin late this month in Bowling Green.

    “After presenting our evidence to the court and jury, we will ask the jury to carefully consider all evidence and to make a fair allowance based upon the entirety of the facts and circumstances related to this attack and plaintiff’s injuries,” Paul’s attorneys said in the filing.

    Paul’s lawyers also said that a biomechanics expert is prepared to testify that Paul’s injuries were similar to those from a 40 km/h car crash.

    Boucher’s attorney, Matt Baker, said Monday that “we’re in the process of getting ready for trial.”

    Baker said that Boucher has made a $30,000 offer of judgment to Paul.

    Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press


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