Dr. Konin’s Blog

The Best Car to Drive after Sustaining a Concussion

What type of vehicle should you be driving in after you sustain a concussion? A Mercedes Benz? Rolls Royce? Cadillac? Subaru? Or the car you drove to Rehab in?  Should it be the safest car on the market?  Are you really going to buy a new car because you sustained a concussion?  Or should you Uber or Lyft for the short-term?  Obviously, these aren’t serious question to consider.  The real question to ponder is “Should you be driving at all Read More

The Concussion Spectrum: Who is on the Team?

If you have attended one of our Concussion workshops you know that we embrace the so-called “Concussion Spectrum”. The Concussion Spectrum essentially describes the responsibilities of a concussion management plan that range from prevention strategies to post-concussion psychosocial manifestations to a return to work, school, activity, and life! It is 2019, and an acceptable buzz term as well as a required standard in many professions is now “Inter-Professional”. To be honest, some professions are truly more inter-professional than others.  Some Read More

Just Sleep It Off?

You can’t read about post-concussion rehabilitation these days without the mention of sleep. We have confirmed that many individuals who sustain a concussion experience “sleep disturbances”. What exactly is a “sleep disturbance”? What is our role in the rehabilitation of sleep disturbances? And what advice is to be given to the patient for a more successful recovery? During the last few months, a number of interesting research papers were published and presented to better help us answer these key questions.  Read More

Concussion Prevention or Performance Enhancement?

Much has been discussed about the importance of concussion education, especially as it relates to our youth playing sports. While we don’t want to scare off parents from having their children participate, we do want them to be knowledgeable in the basics of concussion education. What does this include? It includes the inherent risk associated with playing certain sports regardless of how much you do to maximize prevention and protection interventions. It includes knowing the signs and symptoms of a Read More

Concussions in wheelchair users – are you prepared to properly assess?

The mainstream professional literature has an abundance of published research on balance and posture assessment and rehabilitation following a concussion. A quick search of PubMed yields some 300 thousand plus articles! However, when you add the term “wheelchair” to a similar search, the yield becomes less than a half dozen. Do individuals in wheelchairs experience concussions? Of course they do! In 2014 Wessels et al published a study in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation whereby they tracked 263 Read More