A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when a blow to the head or a sudden jolt or impact to the body causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth within the skull. This movement often results in brain cell and neural pathway damage, as well as in chemical changes in the brain. Concussions are typically not life-threatening, but they have significant deleterious effects on a person’s cognitive, physical, and emotional functioning.
Common causes of concussions include sports-related injuries from a number of different sports, motor vehicle accidents, accidental falls, and other situations where there is a sudden force applied to the head or body. Individuals can sustain a milder grade of a concussion without losing consciousness, and the symptoms can vary widely from person to person. Concussion related brain damage and the subsequent negative effects can accumulate with repeated concussions. Proper detection and evaluation of a concussion is essential to avoid exposure to provocative situations before the brain is sufficiently recovered.
Common symptoms of a concussion include:
The accepted approach to managing concussions comprises a blend of physical and cognitive rest, symptom control, and vigilant monitoring to facilitate a secure and seamless recovery. The integration of cutting-edge technologies, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Neurofeedback, and neurocognitive rehabilitation, has the potential to augment and expedite this recovery process.