WHAT IS CONCUSSION

The terms concussion and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) are often used inter-changeably. The term concussion may be a more familiar word to many either from the world of sports, or from various TV and other media references when a person ‘sees stars’ after taking a knock to the head. In medical terms, a concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs are classed as mild when no changes are found on brain scans. These scans are not required, especially when a person appears to be recovering well from their head injury and symptoms of a concussion, however this may be suggested to aid diagnosis. 

The terms concussion and mild traumatic brain injury
Image: Possible symptoms following a concussion and the “snowball” effect

Some symptoms of concussion may be caused by a type of vestibular dysfunction called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This can occur as a secondary condition sustained from the same mechanism of injury as the mTBI. 

The terms concussion and mild traumatic brain injury

Image: Symptoms of vestibular dysfunction

If you recognise any of the symptoms shown above or feel this could help explains how you have been feeling, then please do not hesitate to contact us. We can help you to better understand your symptoms and find a way of getting you back to your normal/regular level of functioning.

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