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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.

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City of Red Deer

Massive fines coming for students caught vaping. City teaming up with local high schools to strictly enforce bylaw

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From The City of Red Deer, Red Deer Public Schools, Ecole La Prairie, and Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

Enforcement of smoking bylaw at Red Deer high schools to curb student vaping

The City of Red Deer, in partnership with Red Deer Public Schools, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools and École La Prairie, is enforcing vaping at Red Deer high schools.

Local schools are seeing an increase in the number of students vaping – or the use of an electronic cigarette – on school property. Under The City’s Smoke-Free Bylaw, vaping is prohibited in public spaces and workplaces, and within 10 metres of playgrounds, seasonal skating rinks, skate parks, sports fields, water spray parks, or toboggan hills.

“Community peace officers will enforce the Smoke-Free Bylaw at high schools in Red Deer which prohibits all forms of smoking including the use of e-cigarettes,” said Scott Tod, Municipal Policing Services Manager. “People in public spaces including workplaces are entitled to a safe environment and vaping puts others at risk.”

“We are seeing students from all grade levels using vaping products. With all high schools in Red Deer partnering with The City of Red Deer, we hope it will continue to educate our students on the health implications of tobacco and vaping,” said Rose McQuay, Principal atÉcole Secondaire Notre Dame High School.

“Student vaping has reached epidemic proportions among Red Deer youth. Not only have ourschools seen a significant increase in students using vaping products, it now ranks as the number one reason for student suspensions,” added Darwin Roscoe, Principal at Hunting Hills High School.

“With the use of The City of Red Deer Smoke-Free Bylaw, it gives us another tool to help enforce the no vaping policy at our school. We are grateful that all high schools in Red Deer are taking the same approach,” said Jean Doyon, Director at École la Prairie.

As per the bylaw, city enforcement will issue tickets to anyone (including students) caught violating the bylaw.

Students caught vaping on school property by a bylaw officer or RCMP member will receive a ticket for violating The City’s Smoke Free Bylaw, with the following fines:

  •   $200 for the first offense
  •   $500 for the second offense
  •   Up to $2500 for the third offense

In addition to the fine, students at Red Deer Public Schools and Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools will also receive suspensions from their schools.

Parents with questions are asked to contact their child’s high school administrator.

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Edmonton community members explore using the Emergency Room as an entry point to transitional housing

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Is there a better way than simply releasing a person experiencing homelessness from the hospital back onto the street? It creates an endless cycle of emergency room visits and escalating costs, not to mention the challenges the patients face in having a successful recovery.

As we continue to look for solutions to homelessness in our city, a group of community members from different fields and backgrounds met recently to brainstorm and discuss alternatives to the practice of releasing patients into a state of homelessness.

That’s a long way of saying that if someone experiencing homelessness comes to an emergency room with a need for medical aid, the only alternative once treated is to release the patient back onto the street.  The chances of recovery are greatly diminished, while the probability of return visits increases.  The costs are severe, both to the person experiencing homelessness and to our ever-more expensive health care system.

Spearheading the initiative is Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, a veteran emergency room physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and a Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Watch this short video to hear from some of those involved and to better understand the concept and learn why there is a growing groundswell of support for this idea.

 

There are many ways that people can get involved with this initiative.  It’s common sense that housing and health are interconnected. Finding solutions to chronic homelessness and easing pressure on our health care system is something we can all get behind.

Please contact Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti directly to learn more about the project and how you can help:

Phone 780.932-7187

lfrances@ualberta.ca

 

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