Occupational therapy after a mild traumatic brain injury

Occupational therapy after a mild traumatic brain injury

Have you suffered a major blow to the head? Your doctor tells you that you have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury? Are you experiencing symptoms that interfere with your daily life such as fatigue, headaches or forgetfulness? We can help!


The majority of people who have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as a concussion, experience a significant decrease in symptoms within 2 weeks of the injury. However, if symptoms persist after 1 month or if you are concerned about your condition, you are encouraged to make another appointment with your doctor and may be a candidate for a occupational therapy evaluation. 

Following an evaluation of your symptoms, their impact on your occupations and your environment, an intervention plan will be proposed to you in order to attempt to re-establish a satisfying lifestyle and to reach your objectives. 

This information was taken from the INESSS brochure on advice for gradually resuming intellectual, physical and sports activities following a mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) : INESSS_pamphlet_Mild-traumatic-brain-injury.pdf 

CONDITIONS TREATED (not exhaustive):

Any symptoms resulting from the mild traumatic brain injury that interferes with the performance of daily activities. For example: 

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue / sleep disorders 
  • Nausea / vomiting 
  • Dizziness / vertigo 
  • Low energy level
  • Concentration or memory problems 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Sensitivity to light or noise 
  • Emotional outbreaks

MODALITIES USED (not exhaustive):

  • Education about the condition and symptoms 
  • The use of an occupational schedule 
  • Progressive and personalized reactivation through a program of therapeutic activities 
  • Gradual and personalized cognitive stimulation activities
  • Graded exposure program to noise and light
  •  Education on  stress management strategies
  • Education on  sleep hygiene strategies 
  • Education on principles of postural hygiene
  • Teaching pain management strategies
  • Simulations of work tasks and functional situations
  • Planning and support for return to work
  • Recommendations for technical aids relevant to the condition
  • Psychosocial support