What Is A Concussion?
A concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) that occurs from a direct or indirect impact to the head or neck region and can result in a temporary change in brain function. Concussions can result from falls, sports-related injuries, car accidents, whiplash, and blunt force trauma, among many other causes.
In 80% of acute concussion cases, the symptoms will resolve within 2-weeks with proper management. In about 20% of concussion cases, symptoms can last for weeks, months or years, this is referred to as post-concussion syndrome. If your symptoms continue to persist after the 2-week period, getting timely treatment is essential to your recovery!
Symptoms of a Concussion
Dizziness and Nausea
Headaches and Migraines
Decreased Tolerance of Physical or Mental Activity
Neck Pain and Muscle Tension or Spasms
Physical and Mental Fatigue
Loss of Appetite
Decreased tolerance for movement, in general but especially head movement.
Alterations in Sleep (excessive sleep or insomnia)
Anxiety and Depression
Lack of Interest
Not Feeling Yourself
It is important to note that a concussion DOES NOT require a loss of consciousness and that most concussions are sustained without a loss of consciousness.
Treatment for Concussion and Post-Concussion Syndrome
Since every concussion is unique, it requires an individualized approach to treatment. Depending on your symptoms and the findings on examination, a multitude of treatment techniques are used, including:
Our brain is the most malleable and adaptive organ we have, which is a function of neuroplasticity! This means that if we train the brain, it will form new neural connections and restore networks – this holds true whether your concussion occurred a week ago or years ago. It’s never too late to get help and feel better!