A concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury. It’s usually caused by a blow to the head, but can also be caused by shaking or a blow to the upper body.
The most common concussion symptoms are headache, confusion, feeling like you’re in a ‘fog’, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, and difficulties with thinking, concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. Some concussions cause you to lose consciousness, but many do not. It is possible to have a concussion and not even know it!
Effects of a concussion are usually temporary, with most people fully recovering within a few days or weeks. For some people, however, these effects may last longer and affect their ability to get back to their daily lives. If concussion symptoms persist past a few months, your doctor may diagnose you with Post-Concussion Syndrome. As the symptoms of the concussion have not recovered on their own, you may need assistance from a health professional to help restore functioning or to find ways to work around the difficulties you are having.
A Speech-Language Pathologist can help determine what difficulties you are having and work with you to improve your skills so that you can get back to doing the things you love!