A concussion is a brain injury caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain within the skull following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body.
The impact causes a biochemical imbalance within the brain cells, resulting in decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain.
Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, or balance problems, among others.
A concussion is described as a ‘mild’ traumatic brain injury, however, this only means that it is not life threatening. Concussions still need to be taken seriously. Structural damage may not always be present in concussions, thus, most standard imaging findings (MRI, CT scans, etc.) are typically clear. This does not mean you are not concussed. You can still be concussed even if you didn’t ‘black out’ or lose consciousness.
Concussions can be caused by indirect trauma to the brain. This means that trauma to any other part of the body can lead to concussions if the brain is impacted.
A person can have a concussion and not even realize it. Family, friends, teammates and co-workers may often encourage you to push past your concussion symptoms. If you are concussed, this might aggravate your symptoms and delay your recovery.
At Prestige Physiotherapy, our health care professionals have specialized training in the assessment and management of post concussion symptoms. Once a diagnose is made by a medical professional, like your family doctor, then we work in collaboration to achieve an optimum outcome by developing a comprehensive treatment program that is inlined with the patient's goals and needs. .