A Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that usually happens after a blow to the head. Post-Concussion Syndrome is a complex disorder in which various symptoms — such as headaches and dizziness — last for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that caused the concussion.
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A Concussion is a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) that usually happens after a blow to the head. Post-Concussion Syndrome or symptoms (PCS), is a complex condition in which various symptoms — such as headaches and dizziness — last for weeks and sometimes years after the injury that caused the concussion. Post-Concussion Syndrome is more common than many people realize. You may have even developed frustration after suffering for so long after your initial injury. However, even if you’ve seen multiple providers, there is still hope. We find most brain injuries we evaluate are functional in nature and begin to see improvement within 4-5 rehabilitative visits..
What Happens in the Brain During and After a Concussion?
The area most commonly, and most severely damaged during a concussion is The Frontal lobe. This part of your brain determines your behavior, executive functions, rational thinking, and emotional responses. Your brain is surrounded by fluid and protective membranes that provide cushioning. During an impact, the brain can be bruised from having been thrust against the inside of your skull. Also, different parts of your brain can move at different speeds from the impact, producing shearing forces that can stretch and tear nerve tissue. This is why a concussion is also considered a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). In time, some nerve fibers can recover, but the more severely injured nerve fibers can permanently lose their ability to send signals and communicate with other brain cells.
In most people, symptoms occur within the first seven to 10 days and go away within three months. Sometimes, they can persist for a year or more and change over time.
Easily confused with other mental health conditions, emotional symptoms can include depression, anxiety, and feeling a loss of motivation and irrational or impulsive behavior.
Foggy brain, difficulty focusing and feeling as though you’ve lost a word or memory are common symptoms of PCS. Impaired judgment, impacting attention span, and organization may accompany your foggy brain poor concentration and headaches.
Headaches, light and noise sensitivity are amongst the most exhausting symptoms to endure.
Insomnia or excessive lethargy and sleepiness can be disruptive to daily life.