What is Concussion?

Authored by Shelley Ivory.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain within the skull following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. The impact causes a biochemical imbalance within the brain cells, resulting in decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain. Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, or balance problems, among others. It is also important to note that symptoms often ease prior to complete brain recovery, so caution needs to be taken with returning to sport or an environment where you may suffer another injury to the head.

What do I do if I have a concussion?

Following a concussion, you may experience a drop in energy levels over the next few days. However, with proper management, your energy levels can be restored. After a concussion, it is recommended that you see a Complete Concussion Management Provider as the symptoms you may be experiencing may be related to other conditions caused by your injury such as whiplash and injury to the muscles in your neck.

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