(PRWEB) June 19, 2013
A blow to the head; a swift jarring to the body and a headache follows immediately or within minutes to hours. It’s understandable, but what else may follow a concussion injury? Concussion is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury. According to mayoclinic.com, usual symptoms that accompany a concussion are headache, amnesia and confusion. But many other symptoms may follow, sometimes not for days or weeks following the initial injury. These may include ongoing headaches, dizziness, feeling like you’re in a fog, light or noise sensitivity and feelings of depression or frustration, to name a few. If symptoms develop or persist over a period of a few weeks or months, you likely have what is termed “post concussion syndrome.”
A study conducted by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (as presented in the JAMA Pediatrics, Feb 2013) indicated that post concussion syndrome (PCS) developed in 29.3% of children between the ages of 5-18 who presented to the emergency department with mild traumatic brain injury. Other studies also indicate that about one third of those who experienced a concussion injury will develop PCS.
There are accepted outcome measures and numerous specialists, which recognize a list of PCS symptoms. The Rivermead Post Concussion Symptoms Questionnaire scores 16 main symptoms and leaves room to add other issues that have arisen since the injury. Dr. Robert Cantu, a Neurosurgeon and world renowned expert in concussion and post concussion symptoms suggests a list of 26 symptoms. In his book, Concussion and our Kids, Dr. Cantu highlights 4 categories of symptoms: Somatic (affecting the physical), Emotional (affecting mood), Sleep disturbance and Cognitive (affecting thinking and processing information).
MMTR Health Inc. (http://www.mmtr.ca), a specialized rehabilitation clinic in Ontario, Canada, is reporting several more symptoms that may be related to post concussion syndrome. With the recent media explosion of concussion injuries and people searching for treatment options, they have seen well over 100 patients from across North America in recent months. Terry Moore, the President and CEO of MMTR, is a Neuromuscular and Cardiovascular Physiologist. He has been compiling research, which suggests upwards of 40 symptoms that can be potentially attributed to, or associated with PCS. “We are revealing what appear to be clear anatomical and physiological connections of PCS to numerous symptoms.” Moore goes on to say that “the potential cause of these symptoms can be readily explained and treated within the context of a specific therapeutic approach.” What are some of the symptoms that can follow a concussion? Moore explains “I have seen patients not only with light sensitivity for example, but also experiencing loss of peripheral or even basic vision, “dry eye” or loss of the coordination of eye movement. Sometimes, people may also experience heart rate changes with very little exertion or, numbness or tingling in the face or tongue, or trouble with swallowing.”
Concussion and post concussion symptoms can leave you with much more than a headache, but it’s good to know that some medical professionals and researchers are on the case with prospective treatment options.