What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Even though fluid protects the brain, if your head or your body is hit hard, your brain can crash into your skull and an injury can result. Sometimes signs of a concussion are obvious with loss of consciousness, dizziness and confusion, and sometimes the symptoms can appear later. Symptoms include and can last hours, days, weeks, months or years.
Common symptoms include problems with thinking, remembering, and concentration, slowed processing and difficulties learning, sensory sensitivity, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, sleep difficulties, balance difficulties, visual problems, headaches, anxiety, depression, increased emotionality, and anger. Everyone’s injury and their brain’s response to the injury are unique and therefore recovery is also unique.