I Have a Concussion - Do I have a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. The word "mild" is used in reference to the physical trauma that causes the injury and not the results of the injury. Many of these injuries have lasting effects some of which can be permanent.
A mild traumatic brain injury is an injury to the head resulting from acceleration or deceleration forces that cause one of the following conditions:
- A period of transient confusion or disorientation.
- A period of memory dysfunction around the incident.
- Observed signs of other neurological dysfunction such as seizures, irritability or lethargy.
- Headaches or poor concentration.
- Any period of loss of consciousness.
As can be seen, these injuries can occur without a loss of consciousness with other signs such as confusion, disorientation or memory issues.
Some of the continuing symptoms of these injuries are as follows:
- Confusion or feeling dazed
- Speech difficulties
- Memory issues
- Balance problems
- Vision problems
Concussion or mild traumatic brain injury can be caused by a blow to the head or simply snapping the neck and head back and forth violently causing the acceleration/deceleration injury.
Often times these injuries are not diagnosed right away as the victim does not go to the emergency room or if the victim does go to the emergency room, the injury is not diagnosed. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately contact their primary care physician for a referral to a neurologist or go to a neurologist directly giving the physician the full history of what brought the symptoms on and what the symptoms are.