A concussion is classified as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and is often associated with sports and athletics injuries. Parents with school-aged children who participate in sports know these all too well, especially those who allow their kids to play soccer, football, rugby, and wrestling. However, anyone can get a concussion. Many concussions are so mild that they go undiagnosed, but that doesn’t mean the brain didn’t experience significant changes, resulting in post-concussion symptoms.
Post-concussion symptoms last longer than the usual 1-6 weeks it takes for a concussion to heal. For athletes, repeated concussions could cause more damage, making it evident that contact sports can cause serious long-term health issues such as migraines, cognitive and emotional problems, and more. Grey Matters of Carmel treats people with these symptoms using neurofeedback training. Our initial brain map allows us to see precisely where the injury occurred and give us insight into your long-term effects.
How do You Get a Concussion?
According to the CDC, a concussion is “caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head.” However, that doesn’t mean every bump or jolt to your head results in a concussion. People are clumsy, and we bump our heads all the time, whether it be on the car liftgate while loading groceries, hitting the corner of cabinets while doing dishes, or dropping our phones on our head while lying in bed. We’ve all done something like this, but it doesn’t necessarily mean we have a concussion. Instead, the leading causes of concussions are:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Unintentionally being struck by or against an obstacle (i.e. contact sports or work accidents)
What are the Immediate Symptoms?
Immediately following a concussion, some people lose consciousness. We often refer to this as “being knocked out.” Still, most concussions will not result in blacking out, making it even more challenging to know you have one. You may have a concussion though if you experience immediate amnesia, feel dazed and confused, or have a headache for more than 24 hours. Experts categorize concussion symptoms in the following:
- Thinking and remembering
- Emotion and mood
- Sleep disturbance
While most people will recover from their concussions rather quickly, others can continue to experience effects weeks, months, or even years following their injury.
What are the Long-Term Effects?
For those experiencing long-term effects of a concussion, symptoms will not only be apparent to themselves but also to those around them. While these long-term symptoms are rare, people may experience problems with attention and short-term memory, experience difficulty while completing daily tasks, and report feeling foggy or slower overall. Some people may even have trouble making decisions, processing a lot of information, or have difficulty resolving problems. These long-term symptoms can have a significant impact on your overall health and relationships with others.
Mitigate Your Concussion
Have you or a family member experienced a concussion recently or in the past? Do you think you’re still experiencing some of the long-term symptoms of your injury, like depression, anxiety, and migraines? Then Grey Matters of Carmel can help. Through a qEEG, we’ll be able to get an image of your brain’s electrical activity to find where the injury occurred and how it’s changed your life. Contact us today by calling (317) 215-7208.