Causes | Symptoms | Treatment
Statistics show that most Americans who suffer a concussion experience a full recovery within a few weeks. Some victims of head injury, however, continue to have symptoms far beyond the initial injury. Typically, when the symptoms of a concussion last longer than 30 days, the condition is referred to as “postconcussion syndrome.”
What Are the Causes of Postconcussion Syndrome?
Postconcussion syndrome often stems from a mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injury but can also be caused by nontraumatic events, such as chemical exposure, viral or bacterial illnesses, surgical complications, and even exposure to carbon monoxide. Typically, when you experience the persistent symptoms of a concussion more than 30 days after an accident, it means that there’s been an alteration in the way your neurons and blood vessels are interacting. That may mean that some cells in your brain are not getting sufficient oxygen to do the things they are designed to do. Other cells may then try to make up the difference, with the imbalance leading to headaches, irritability, and other side effects.
What Are the Symptoms of Postconcussion Syndrome?
Essentially, any symptoms of a concussion that last longer than 30 days are an indication of potential postconcussion syndrome, including:
- Changes in sleep patterns—either insomnia or excessive fatigue
- Dizziness, vertigo, or problems with balance
- Increased sensitivity to light or sound
- Persistent nausea
- Changes in your blood pressure
- Inability to concentrate, focus, or remember
- Any type of memory loss
- Hot or cold flashes
- Oversensitivity to caffeine or alcohol
- Noticeable changes in your heart rate
How Do You Treat Postconcussion Syndrome?
In the immediate aftermath of any head injury, if you don’t require hospitalization or treatment at an urgent care facility, you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. Your doctor can conduct a preliminary assessment of the nature and severity of your injury and refer you to a specialist, such as a neurologist or physiatrist, if necessary.
At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have professionals who can diagnose your condition and either treat you or refer you to a specialist.
Contact Us to Set Up an Appointment
At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer a concussion or other type of 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.