A concussion is defined as a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) induced by a blow to anywhere on the body that affects the head and neck.
While many concussions resolve within the first few weeks to months, some patients don’t recover as quickly. They are then diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome (PCS), which is when the same symptoms persists for longer than three months post-injury. The severity of the impact or concussion does not dictate whether a patient will end up with PCS.
Common symptoms include but are not limited to: headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, light sensitivity, fatigue, trouble sleeping, anxiety, etc.
Although I think society’s perception of concussions is improving, we still tend to think of concussions in sport mainly. The bulk of the concussion patients I work with have sustained their injury from simple, every day activities. I’m an example of a seemingly innocent bump on the head setting me back more than anyone would expect. This is why I’ve been fairly absent on social media; I’ve been trying to limit my time on devices when I was able. Stay tuned for more information about concussion management in the next few weeks!
-Victoria Mokriy, PT