Team Approach

Pure Lifestyle fully supports and believes in the multidisciplinary approach to concussion management, and is proud to be able to offer many services under one roof as necessary. In addition to our highly qualified team, Pure Lifestyle also has an extensive referral network for more complex cases.

Dr. Matthew Katz
Dr. Matthew KatzSports Medicine Physician
Dr. Richard Rusk
Dr. Richard RuskPrimary Care Physician
Dr. Chad Graves
Dr. Chad GravesClinical Psychologist
Steve Moerman
Steve MoermanPhysiotherapist

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain within the skull following impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. The impact causes a biochemical imbalance within the brain cells, resulting in decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain. Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, or balance problems, among others.

Concussion Treatment

Although concussions typically resolve within 10–14 days in adults and 4 weeks in children, proper management during this phase can be helpful to prevent persistent symptoms. Appropriate activity modification and gradual return to sport or activities is key.

A variety of treatments may be required for ongoing or persistent symptoms and impairments. This includes exercise, psychological, cervical and vestibular rehabilitation.

Multimodal Baseline Testing

Baseline testing is not required to provide post-injury care to those who have sustained a suspected or diagnosed concussion. However, baseline testing is sometimes used in established concussion protocols with high risk athletes, including elite, national team or professional athletes.

Multimodal baseline testing is a series of physical and cognitive tests that provides a pre-injury overview of healthy brain function. These tests can offer healthcare practitioners with an objective benchmark on which to compare should a patient sustain a concussion.