Complete Concussion Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Care

Parkway offers the only technology in the world that is clinically proven to measure and mitigate the risk of concussion – called the RAM4 Concussion Prevention System. 

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For Coaches and Teams

One concussion is one too many – that’s why we take an active approach to concussion prevention.

The first step in prevention protocol is to understand your teams’ current risk level and neck strength.

The RAM4 Test is the only machine in the world that measures neck function relative to sport performance. From there, a personalized exercise regime is created for each player to strengthen key areas.

These exercises have been proven to reduce concussion risk and improve sport performance.



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For Athletes and Individuals

Are you concerned about the potential of a concussion for yourself or family?

As the first clinic in British Columbia to offer this independently assessed, clinically validated technology, Parkway Physiotherapy + Performance Centre is proud to be your go-to place for all things related to concussions.

Your brain health is too important to be an afterthought. Take an active role in concussion prevention.



An Active Approach in Concussion Prevent and Recovery

Reduce the risk of a concussion through active prevention. Concussion baseline testing provides you with important information about your current brain health. This testing provides the basis of your individualized protocol to improve your reaction speed and neck strength and minimize forces up to the brain.


Concussion Prevention

Reduce the risk of a concussion through active prevention. Concussion baseline testing provides you with important information about your current brain health.

Complete Concussion Care

Throughout Parkway’s concussion physiotherapy program, you are provided with a customized exercise plan and training log that can be shared with trainers and coaches.

Post-Concussion Return

We take an active role in helping you minimize risks of reinjury while getting life back to normal. Our number one goal is to work with you to ensure a safe return to activity.



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Our Clinical Approach to Concussions


Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a foundational treatment, informing many of the other treatments and therapies – such as manual therapy and exercise prescriptions. Your therapist will draw on a wide range of treatment options to support your concussion journey to recovery.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

A concussion treatment plan often includes visual and vestibular rehabilitation. This includes specific eye and head movements to improve balance and reduce dizziness.

Exercise

Exercise is a critically important part of a complete recovery treatment plan, but it is carefully observed because heart function can be affected by a concussion. Your recovery treatment plan will include functional exercises, breathing exercises, meditation and other targeted therapies.

Strength and Conditioning

In many cases when a concussion occurs the neck is also injured. A full concussion recovery includes repairing neck injuries. Neck function is gradually improved through a series of strength and conditioning exercises.

Educational Content

We want to empower you to understand these systems and exercises. When you sign up, you will receive access to e-learning content, which teach you a variety of functional exercises to implement in your regular training.

Mental Health

Mental health challenges after a concussion injury are genuine and may require the support of a mental health professional. At Parkway, we use two questionnaire-based tests to assess whether a mental health referral to your doctor is beneficial.


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“This kind of preventative, performance-focused therapy is a perfect fit with our clinic philosophy. It’s based on physiotherapy technology, so is a natural extension of our comprehensive care programs,” says JR Justesen, partner, Parkway Physiotherapy. “The system gives the athlete the ability to be proactive and have more control over their exposure to risk of concussion. In the same way, targeted training for a marathon improves performance and reduces the likelihood of injury, so does the RAM4 system specifically reduce the risk of concussion.”

JR Justesen, Co-Founder of Parkway Physiotherapy



What is the Concussion Prevention Program?

Our Concussion Prevention Program employs the only technology in the world that is clinically proven to measure and mitigate the risk of concussion – called the RAM4 Concussion Prevention System.

As the first clinic in British Columbia to offer this independently assessed, clinically validated technology, Parkway Physiotherapy + Performance Centre is proud to be your go-to place for all things related to concussions.

The RAM4 Concussion Prevention System tests your speed, reflexes and strength to provide an assessment of your neck and head function.

The test results are measured against the CAP Safety Standards to calculate your risk of concussion.

The resulting score sets the baseline for a 16-week training cycle which targets specific weaknesses that are making you vulnerable to a concussion.

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Complete Concussion Care at Parkway Physiotherapy

At Parkway Physiotherapy + Performance Centre, complete recovery from a concussion is supported by qualified specialists who will design a mix of treatments and therapies. Decisions are made in consultation with you and your family doctor or neurologist.

Your personal Treatment Action Plan will be shared with your doctor, who will be kept apprised of your progress. We are also available to help you communicate with your work, school or coach to support a safe, gradual return to regular activities.

What does Complete Concussion Care look like?

  • Our concussion physiotherapists will ask about your history and perform baseline tests
  • During this session, your physiotherapist will also test for neck strength, range of motion, stability and biomechanics.
  • We’ll conduct a cranial nerve test and Vestibular Ocular Motor Screen (VOMS).
  • VOMS testing will look at how your eyes, inner ears and brain are working together after your concussion
  • We will assess your balance
  • We will assess your ability to ramp your heart rate. This is a vital part of concussion rehabilitation and must be progressed carefully to see if any symptoms are provoked during exercise.

While the journey to full recovery can take some time, many clients begin to see improvement almost immediately.

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About the Technology

Parkway uses a Brain Repair Protocol™ to develop a comprehensive assessment and customized treatment plan for each person. This broad but precise overview forms the baseline and is the best way to determine the state of brain health and what treatments will be most effective.

While the journey to full recovery can take some time, many clients begin to see improvement almost immediately.

The first step is the Symptom Tree, a questionnaire that identifies key symptoms, injury history and genetic factors. This provides essential information about historical factors that may affect concussion recovery.

The second step, the Brain Gauge, tests brain health and function. Using sensory testing, the Brain Gauge takes a precise assessment of the impact a concussion has had on the body and the brain. This tells clinicians more about the root causes of the concussion and the state of the brain.


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Supporting Your Post-Concussion Return

Our number one priority is to ensure you have a safe return to activity.

Once your symptoms resolve and your physical rehabilitation has progressed, we suggest taking the RAM test to indicate your neck function and concussion risk. The results of this test may lead to further work in neck strength and conditioning.

Before you return to normal life, we want to retest your Brain Gauge assessment, retest any of the symptoms you experienced after the injury, and retest any baselines we might have that were established before the injury occurred.

So you can feel confident returning to activity.

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What Our Patients Say

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“My physiotherapist, Izhak is very knowledgeable and is doing a wonderful job of helping me to heal. I like that he that he has given me simple exercises that are easy to do at home. I enjoy going here. Reception staff are wonderful.”

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“Parkway is an amazing place to get your aches and pains fixed up. I have been going for years and they fix me up every time. Very knowledgeable staff and lots of different services for all types of body issues. Keep up the great service.”

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“Amira has been diligent, consistent and cared enough to make sure I found relief. I am happy to report that after two months the pain had almost completely gone and now at the end of my treatment it has all gone.”



Ready to Take The Next Step?

Call our office to learn more, ask questions, or book an appointment. Let’s get your brain health back on track.

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