Concussion symptoms can range from mild to severe, and many of them can be frustrating. Sometimes they can impact our ability to function throughout our days and make it harder to navigate our worlds, especially if it may have been caused by a concussion. But that begs an important question: how might you know when you have a concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that may have been caused by a hard blow to the head or vigorous shaking of the upper body. These can cause your brain to hit against your skull which can result in bruising, broken blood vessels, or nerve damage to the brain. Concussions can happen to anyone of any age, though there are some factors that may put us at higher risk like playing high-contact sports, with or without protective equipment, or being prone to falling.
While most people who are diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion fully recover, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms to know how to properly treat and rest. Concussion symptoms usually occur in four different domains:
Cognitive Symptoms that impair our ability to perform cognitive tasks like remembering, concentrating, or manipulating information in our heads.
Physical Symptoms that impact our ability to perceive and engage with our surroundings.
Emotional Symptoms that will usually affect our ability to regulate how we respond to people, events, and other stimuli we experience.
Sleep Symptoms that will affect our usual circadian rhythm and impact how tired or rested we feel during the day.
Sometimes, some of us may not know when we are experiencing these symptoms at a significant level, so it also helps to get a second perspective on whether you have a concussion. You can do this by asking people with whom you interact regularly, because those around us may be able to point out symptoms, too. Friends and family may be able to name whether there was a temporary loss in consciousness, though this may or may not occur. They may also notice slurred speech, delayed responses to questions, a dazed appearance, and forgetfulness that may lead to having to repeat information many times.
These symptoms can last between days to weeks after the initial impact, so it’s important that during this time you seek adequate treatment and give yourself sufficient rest. Some of the things that we can do for clients who think they might have had a concussion or are experiencing these symptoms would be providing screenings and neurocognitive tests to give us a peek into how your functioning may be impacted. We provide our clients with a comprehensive testing procedure that can help us know what the best treatment route would be for your specific needs.
Experiencing concussion symptoms can be a frustrating experience, and we can be there to help you walk through it.