Signs and Symptoms Associated with Mild TBI
When you have suffered any type of blow to the head, neck or shoulders, you may have a traumatic brain injury (TBI), even if the impact was minimal. With any type of TBI, you should seek medical treatment. With a serious traumatic brain injury, you will likely need immediate care at a hospital. If your TBI is mild, your best course of action will typically be to schedule an appointment to see your primary care physician as soon as possible. Your primary care doctor can perform the necessary assessment to determine the extent of your injury, and may refer you to a specialist, such as a neurologist or physiatrist, if necessary.
How Can You Tell If Your Traumatic Brain Injury Is Mild?
A mild TBI, often referred to as a concussion, can be diagnosed in a number of ways, and may vary from person to person. Some of the signs of a concussion may be apparent almost immediately, whereas other symptoms may take hours or days to show up. If it’s truly a mild TBI/concussion, though, you can expect to improve over time and have most of the effects go away within a few weeks.
With a mild traumatic brain injury, the symptoms will generally be associated with:
- Your ability to think and remember—You may experience lack of focus/concentration, have some short or long term memory loss, or just feel mentally foggy
- Your emotional stability—With a mild TBI, it’s common to become irritable or easily annoyed, be anxious or unsettled, or have uncharacteristic mood swings
- Your physical health—Almost any head injury will result in headaches. With a mild TBI, they should start to abate after a couple days. You may also have greater sensitivity to sound or light, experience vertigo or loss of balance, or become nauseated
- Changes in your sleep patterns—Excessive fatigue and insomnia are both common side effects of a mild TBI
Contact Us to Set Up an Appointment
At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer any type of concussion, TBI or traumatic brain injury. Call us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio.