Concussion Recovery: Timeline And 7 Tips

May 19, 2023

Lately I have had balance problem particularly on stairs. Research suggests that 86–96% of people will develop a headache after getting a concussion. People may also experience dizziness, balance disturbances, and confusion. Before returning to normal cognitive and physical activities, people with a recent concussion should speak to a doctor. The person should restrict cognitive and physical activity for 24–48 hours after the injury. Although most symptoms of a concussion will resolve within a few weeks, some effects are chronic and can result in a condition called post-concussion syndrome.

Types of concussion injuries

University of Pittsburgh’s Brain Trauma Research Center reports more than 300,000 sports-related concussions occur annually in the U.S. It has been reported that more than 62,000 concussions are sustained each year in high school contact sports. Among college football players, 34% have had one concussion and 20% have endured multiple concussions. Estimates show that 4-20% of college and high school football players sustain a brain injury over the course of one season. The risk of concussion in football is three to six times higher in players who have had a previous concussion. Eventually, once all signs and symptoms of concussion have resolved, you and your doctor can discuss the steps you’ll need to take to safely play sports again.

While most children and teens with a concussion feel better within a couple of weeks, some will have symptoms for months or longer. Talk with your children’s or teens’ health care provider if their concussion symptoms do not go away or if they get worse after they return to their regular activities. Limit activities that require you to concentrate heavily.

My child did not lose consciousness. Does this mean my child did not have a concussion?

Most concussion tests consist of questionnaires or symptom checklists. Concussion tests check for things like alertness, memory, focus, how fast you think and your ability to solve problems. Concussion tests are one of the tools used to diagnose a concussion. If your child has received a head injury that concerns you, call your child’s doctor immediately. Depending on the signs and symptoms, your doctor may recommend seeking immediate medical care. I hit my head so hard I don’t even remember hitting my head I was more worried about moving.

Most people are able to fully recover from concussions, often within a month or less. Sometimes symptoms continue for longer than expected. If your symptoms do not improve, call your doctor. Another complication of concussions is called post-concussion syndrome. It’s not known why this affects some people and not others, but some people who suffer from a concussion will continue to have symptoms for months after their injury. It’s important for your concussion to heal before you participate in sports or physical activity where you could fall or be hit in the head.

The couple have now been together for six months and their relationship is slowly getting stronger. However, she was left with a host of issues including partial vision, speech and walking problems, cognitive impairment, acute fatigue, anxiety and low-self esteem. “I then said ‘I feel really ill, call an ambulance’.

A concussion impairs the individual in three cognitive areas relevant to driving:

Rather, I hope that the insights I have into the world of TBI recovery can provide direction on your individual path to health. One commonly held myth is that a concussion happens only if you lose consciousness. In fact, most people who have a concussion never lose consciousness.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US), or have someone call if:

I didn’t get x-rays because the hospital advised that we didnt because of the risk. I wouldn’t care if it was anywhere else, but its on my forehead where everyone can see it. Keep talking with your doctor, family members, and loved ones about how you are feeling, both physically and emotionally.

Could a person with TBI start and have a healthy romantic relationship? My friend/boyfriend can go from bringing me flowers and telling me he loves me to other times thanking me for dinner like I’m just any friend of the family. You may have heard that divorce or separation is likely after TBI.

Neurosurgeons and other brain injury experts emphasize that although some concussions are less serious than others, there is no such thing as a minor concussion. In most cases, a single concussion should not cause permanent damage. A second concussion soon after the first one does not have to be very strong for its effects to be permanently disabling.