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Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Scans MRIA traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions that can occur with a blow to the head or when the head and upper body are violently shaken.

  • EVERY concussion injures your brain to some extent.
  • Most concussions do not cause loss of consciousness yielding to some people having concussions and not knowing it.
  • Concussions tend to range from mild to severe.
  • Mild — may have a brief change in mental status or consciousness that may disrupt function.
  • Moderate — will have longer lasting confusion and amnesia but with no loss of consciousness.
  • Severe — an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia occurs.
  • All concussive injuries, whether mild or severe, need time and rest to heal properly or the risk of chronic symptoms dramatically increases.

Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)

PCS consists of a complex constellation of symptoms that persist for an extended period of time after the initial concussion. It affects up to 5% to 20% of those individuals that suffered a concussive event. The chance of developing PCS increases with each subsequent concussion without full recovery in-between each injury.

PCS symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness, Nausea, Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty concentrating and performing mental tasks
  • Reduced tolerance to stress, emotional excitement, irritability, personality change
  • Staring behavior, low blink rate, eye turn
  • Blurred vision, double vision
  • Loss of peripheral or focal vision
  • Sensitivity to light/noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, groggy
  • Impaired memory
  • Words jumping on the page when reading
  • Clumsy, poor depth perception
  • Disoriented, poor balance