According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur each year in the U.S. Other causes include car and bicycle accidents, work-related injuries, falls, and fighting. Some estimates say a mild brain trauma is sustained every 21 seconds in the U.S. Bay Area Medical Center has a team of physical therapists and athletic trainers specially trained to evaluate patient risk factors and create a customized program for improved recovery following a post-concussive event.
Post-concussive syndrome is typically associated with a head injury. The injury may be categorized as a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury where medical problems can persist weeks to months after the event. Though you may have a visible cut or bruise on your head, you can't actually see a concussion. Signs may not appear for days or weeks after the injury. Some symptoms last for just seconds; others may linger.
There are some common physical, mental and emotional symptoms a person may display following a concussion. Any of these could be a sign of traumatic brain injury:
- Balance problems or dizziness.
- Behavior or personality changes.
- Blurred vision.
- Concentration difficulties.
- Confusion or feeling dazed.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Memory loss.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Sensitivity to noise.
- Slurred speech.
Benefits of post-concussive treatment:
- Address secondary symptoms of depression/anxiety.
- Diminish severity of symptoms.
- Enhance ability to return to work/school.
- Improve quality of life.
- Promote prior level of activity.