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