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Headaches and Concussions with Meaghan Adams

The term post-traumatic headache just means that the headache started or got worse as a result of a trauma. The term doesn’t actually tell us anything about the characteristics of the headache, and in order to provide treatment, it’s essential to understand the clinical characteristics. Knowing the differences between the different headache types that fall into the category of post-traumatic headache means that you can develop treatment plans to manage these headaches more effectively. 

This recorded Ask Me Anything webinar with Meaghan Adams, is an opportunity to learn about post-traumatic headaches and concussions. Meaghan also has other online courses on Embodia, which take a deeper dive into each condition. You can find all of her online courses by clicking here.

Here are a Few Key Highlights from our Conversation:


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In the video above, Meaghan Adams answers the following question: "Signs and symptoms of trauma can overlap with signs and symptoms of concussions. How do you sort this out and decide what to treat first?"

Other Topics of Discussion in the Full Online Course Include: 

  • Rehab principles for acute vs. persistent post-concussion symptoms
  • Patient education strategies: How can we talk about concussion without catastrophizing?
  • Is rest always best? How to make decisions about exercise and activity after concussion?
  • Concussions are big business, and patients ask questions about different products they've seen on the news or in the media to resolve symptoms or prevent concussions. What does the research say about these?

Post-traumatic headaches and concussions are complex conditions, affecting all aspects of a treatment plan for a patient who experiences it. This course will allow you to better understand these conditions and as a result, will help you better serve your patients and their caregivers.

This course is for all healthcare practitioners who treat patients who may have a concussion or post-traumatic headache, including phyisotherapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists, athletic therapists, kinesiologists, and massage therapists. 

The course is free for Embodia Members. You can learn more about the Embodia Membership when you click the button below and sign in to your account (or create an account if you don't yet have one). Creating an account on Embodia is free and you can access many free courses and resources. The Embodia Membership unlocks a library of free courses, including this one by Meaghan Adams, the use of our home exercise program (HEP) software, and discounts on all premium courses.

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Meaghan Adams, Physiotherapy Continuing Education Instructor

Meaghan Adams, PT, BSc, MSc(PT), PhD(Neuroscience)

Meaghan earned her physiotherapy degree from Queen’s University, and completed Fowler-Kennedy’s Sport Physiotherapy Fellowship before earning a Certificate in Sport Physiotherapy from Sport Physiotherapy Canada. She also holds a Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University. Meaghan completed her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, studying how concussions affect brain function and sensory integration, and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Toronto Rehab and York University studying the integration of cognition, motor function, and sensory inputs in adults with prolonged concussion symptoms using virtual reality and tablet-based computing.

Meaghan serves as the vice-chair of the Neurosciences Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science.

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