Overview and symptoms of a concussion (mTBI)

Concussions are brain injuries that can occur when someone sustains a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. These injuries trigger a pathological neurochemical reaction in the brain and a shearing/twisting of the neuronal pathways (think of these as brain communication highways that carry out all of the brain’s functions). This phenomenon then can cause symptoms that can range from mild to complete incapacitation. 

Symptoms can include:

    1. Headache/Migraines
    2. Dizziness
    3. Fatigue
    4. Cognitive Difficulties
    5. Vision Problems (blurriness, double vision, reading problems)
    6. Brain Fog
    7. Light/Sound Sensitivity
    8. Mood disturbances (Depression, Anxiety)
    9. Nausea
    10. Sensory Overload

How long after hitting your head can concussion symptoms start?

This changes case-by-case but can be as soon as immediately following the initial trauma or up to a week later in some instances. However, people will typically experience symptoms within the first few days following a concussion. 

How long does a concussion last?

Although the majority of symptoms from concussions typically subside in one to four weeks, 20% of cases have symptoms that persist for months or even years. Research has shown that the earlier the proper intervention is provided the better outcomes for concussion sufferers. Our office specializes in diagnosing and treating concussions sustained recently or even years out.

How do I know if I have a concussion?

Typically people will know if they get a concussion if they are experiencing some of the symptoms listed above. However, in some cases, people may not realize that they’ve experienced a concussion until a specialist has taken a look at them. In some instances, imaging may be clean but you still may be experiencing symptoms too. This is why it is important to be looked at by a concussion specialist.

How serious is a mild concussion?

Even minor concussions can lead to long term symptoms as well as a susceptibility to suffering from another concussion. This 2nd concussion typically is worse than the first and can lead to more severe symptoms.

We are here to help!

The brain’s amazing ability to heal through the process of neuroplasticity allows us to help people who may have sustained a concussion years in the past and are still experiencing symptoms. See our blog for more concussion information, and reach out to us for a consultation if you have sustained a concussion and/or are experiencing symptoms. We would love to help you.

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