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Concussion Symptoms

What is a Concussion / Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

Concussion is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to the soft tissues of the brain including nerve cells, supporting tissues and blood vessels. Concussion / Traumatic Brain Injury may be caused by a blow to the head or body, a whiplash of the head and neck, a fall or other trauma that violently shakes the brain inside the skull.

Concussion / Traumatic Brain Injury can occur without the individual having to lose consciousness. Often times there are no visible signs of a concussion (and whiplash) but there may be symptoms or changes in behavior as listed below:

Thinking/Remembering:


Difficulty thinking clearly Taking longer to think, feeling slowed down Difficulty concentrating

Difficulty remembering new information

Physical Symptoms:


Headaches Neck and Back pain and stiffness Nausea and/or Vomiting Dizziness and/or Balance problems
Numbness and/or Tingling Increased Sensitivity to light and/or sound Feeling tired and/or having no energy

Emotional/Mood


Feeling more emotional
Being irritable, frustrated, and/or easily angered
Feeling sad and/or depressed Feeling nervous, restlessness and/or anxious

Sleep:


Sleeping more than usual
Sleeping less than usual
Having trouble falling sleep

Having trouble staying asleep


Physicians can significantly improve patient outcomes when concussion/ traumatic brain injury (TBI) is suspected or diagnosed by implementing early management and appropriate referral.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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