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Expert Series: Headaches and Concussions

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Expert Series: Headaches and Concussions

Expert Series: Headaches and Concussions

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Expert Series: Episode 27 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 have an in-depth look at post-traumatic headache. We’ll talk about the connection between headache and trauma, the types of headache that can be caused or exacerbated by traumatic injuries, how to differentiate between headache types, and how to treat patients with the various presentations of post-traumatic headache in your own practice. The concepts covered in this course are intended for immediate use in a clinical setting.

Post-traumatic headache is a complex condition, affecting all aspects of a treatment plan for a patient who experiences it. This course will allow you to better understand post-traumatic headache and as a result, will transform the way you treat it. 


  • 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?


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. 

This course will also benefit movement therapists and teachers, as well as those interested in learning more about these topics.

The instructors
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.

Course Material included in this course
  • Highlight Free
  • Highlight - Trauma and Concussions
  • Ask Me Anything with Meaghan Adams
  • Introduction
  • Defining the Role of the PT
  • Audience Questions pt1
  • Audience Questions pt.2
  • Audience Questions pt3
  • Closing Thoughts
  • Resources
  • Feedback