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Concussion Care in South Calgary

Woman with head painWhether you had a concussion just a few days ago, a few weeks ago or a few months ago, you need the expertise of someone with advanced training in concussion-diagnosed management and rehabilitation. Dr. Dale Byrne has completed studies at Shift Concussion Management in Guelph, along with additional training through the University of Laval to address concussion and its related symptoms.

Full Concussion Screenings Available

Dr. Byrne can perform the comprehensive screening you need if you are concerned about a concussion. This process includes an evaluation of your cognitive function, balance, vestibular function, neurological function and visual function. Each takes about 10 minutes. If any deficiencies are identified, he will prescribe the proper way to rehabilitate your symptoms.

It’s particularly beneficial to get attention within the first 48-72 hours after injury, which can reduce your symptoms and the likelihood of them being severe.

Dr. Byrne will also see you for follow-up visits to ensure that we’re seeing the progress that we should be able to expect.

For athletes who may be at risk for concussion, it’s important to measure normal levels of functioning through baseline testing prior to any injury. Dr. Byrne offers baseline testing so the information is available to assist in decisions regarding return to play preparation.

A Successful Resolution

One of Dr. Byrne’s patients was a woman who had been diagnosed with a concussion 90 days before seeing him. Her physiotherapy wasn’t helping. She initially sought chiropractic for an unrelated reason. Once Dr. Byrne discovered she had a concussion, he performed a screening and gave her instructions for home care. After five days, she came back and reported that it helped her more than three months of physiotherapy had!


What is a concussion?

In simple terms, a concussion makes a change in your brain function. You can have one due to a blow to the neck, face, head or elsewhere in the body, with the force traveling up to your head. You can think of it as if your brain has connecting wires, and a concussion rearranges some of them. It will function at a less-than-optimal level afterward.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

Some of the most common symptoms of a concussion include

  • Amnesia, or poor memory
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Confusion
  • Decreased playing ability
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Easily distracted
  • Feeling foggy
  • Feeling “off”
  • Flashing lights
  • Headache
  • Irritability or emotional changes
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor coordination
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Seeing “stars”
  • Slow to follow direction
  • Trouble focusing on words or objects
  • Vacant stare

What is Second Impact Syndrome?

Though rare, Second Impact Syndrome is a consequence of head trauma. It is not determined whether it’s a product of cumulative trauma to the head or a single brain injury. Second Impact Syndrome occurs when a player returns to the game after having one injury, only to be injured again. The outcomes can be fatal, making it essential that anyone with concussions symptoms refrain from play.

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Are you a coach or staff member of a sporting association? Dr. Byrne is available to come to a meeting and inform you about concussion. You’ll learn about what to look for and when you need to pull a player out of the game. Contact us today to schedule a talk with your group!


Concussion Care South Calgary, Calgary AB | (403) 287-5866