Queenstown Concussion Clinic is an ACC-subsidised acute and sub-acute concussion service for the Wakatipu area. The service is run by specially trained Physiotherapists and is the first service of its kind in the country.
The clinic’s goal is to get you the help you need fast. In the 7-10 days after your injury your brain needs all the TLC it can get, we’ll be here to get you all the help you need to have a fast recovery.
Queenstown Concussion clinic is well supported in the wider medical community – you may have been recommended to us by your doctor, lakes district hospital A &E, Otago University balance clinic, ACC, a physiotherapist or osteopath or a friend or family member.
Who is it for?
We treat children, adolescents and adults, ages 7 and older that have incurred a mild head injury or concussion from sports, motor vehicle accidents, falls or other head trauma. We request all our patient are cleared by a medical doctor prior to accessing the service.
What is the expectation of recovery?
80-90% of adult’s recovery in 7-10 days. Recovery times may be longer in children, adolescents, and those with previous concussions. There is a smaller group of people who continue to have symptoms at 3 months.
Assessing and educating clients with a concussion is a powerful tool. We know that those who attend treatment in the first five days post-injury dramatically reduce their risk of having prolonged symptoms.
If you are still having symptoms further down the track we can still help and it’s likely we’ll ask other professionals to provide you support too such as an Occupational Therapist, Neuropsychologist, Optometrist or Sports Doctor through the ACC Concussion Service.
Should I bring a friend, partner or family member to my consult?
Yes! Following a concussion, it’s often hard for you to fully reflection on how your going, those closest too us often have a better insight into how we are compared to pre-injury. All our education is written down so it’s easier for you to recall it later, but and extra set of ears can make it easier to understand what you can do to help your recovery.
What do we assess?
Your first session we’ll assess your concussion symptoms, and the various components that are affected by a concussion including: balance, vision, co-ordination, cognition, headache and other factors which will affect your recovery.
What we can do to help?
- patient and support person education,
- balance retraining,
- headache assessment and treatment
- vestibular (inner ear) rehabilitation,
- vision rehabilitation
- cardiovascular testing such as the Buffalo Concussion Testing to allow you to return safely to training as soon as possible
- aerobic and sports specific conditioning,
- individualised programme for return to contact sport
How do I start?
You can be referred from any health care professional or can self-refer. In the case of self-referral, we require a clients’ local doctor or Lakes District Hospital medical clearance prior to their first appointment. No referral information is required, the client is free to contact us on (03) 409 0078. We aim to see referred clients within 48 hours of referral. We are open Mon- Fri 9-5 p.m.