Finding the right clinic
If your symptoms are not improving 3 months after the injury, your family doctor may suggest you see a specialist. There are very few specialists or programs that specialize in concussions and post-concussive symptoms. Waiting lists for services covered by OHIP are usually long.
As a result, more and more businesses (such as health and sports clinics) are offering treatments. Before you choose a clinic (or physician, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, etc.), it is a good idea to select a few and contact them.
Don't be afraid or embarrassed to ask questions. You need to feel fully informed about their services and understand their expertise in treating those with post-concussive symptoms.
What questions should I ask a clinic before I choose it for treatment?
Here are some good questions to ask:
Note: Beware of clinics that offer a "quick fix". Remember, recovery takes time.
Also, be wary of any expensive or lengthy treatments that are not supported by research evidence. The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation has published clinical guidelines for doctors and others who are treating concussions and their symptoms that are based on a careful review of research and best practices.
I am looking for care for my child. Is there anything I should know?
If you are looking for services for children and youth, ask the questions above, but also ask:
Is there anything else to think about when choosing a clinic?
If possible, make a visit to the clinic before deciding. If you can't go in person, send a family member or close friend. Staff should be friendly, approachable and knowledgeable and the clinic space should be clean.
There are a few other questions you might want to ask: