What if my symptoms don’t improve?
Most individuals make a full recovery from a concussion within days to months post-injury. For some people, it can take longer to feel better -everyone is different. If your symptoms are not improving 3 months after the injury, your family doctor may refer you to a specialist. The type of specialist can vary, depending on the type and severity of your symptoms (e.g., a sleep specialist, psychologist, psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, physiotherapist, neuro-opthalmologist, optometrist, brain injury specialist or rehab program, headache and pain specialist, etc.).
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. If you have insurance benefits or coverage through WSIB, your doctor may suggest a private clinic.
The following resources were developed to help health care professionals with the management of post-concussive symptoms. Feel free to print these and share them with your doctor.