A typical post-concussion syndrome patient is one that shows up with a series of symptoms that are debilitating. They have affected people’s lives, so they can’t produce as much at school or academically, socially, athletically. These patients are complex. There’s always multiple factors going on with post-concussion syndrome, that we must identify and treat comprehensively.
Post-concussion symptoms may include:
- Neck pain
- Foggy thinking
- Sleep difficulties
- Poor memory
- Sensitivity to light or noise
What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?
Concussions have become a major health concern in sports, and nowadays, everyone worries about what head injuries are doing to the brains of athletes. It’s an issue that should be taken seriously and evaluated properly by a neurologist who is specialty trained in athlete care.
One of the most common misunderstandings is the difference between concussion and post-concussion syndrome. Concussion is a short-term injury that does go away. Lasts couple days to 2 weeks, at most. Symptoms that go on beyond that are most likely Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS.) PCS is not a long concussion.
Post-concussion syndrome is sometimes thought to be a “long concussion,” however that is not the case. Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder with varying symptoms. Patients with post-concussion syndrome have experienced a concussion before there is a continuation of symptoms for another reason. Post- concussion syndrome symptoms can occur within days of the concussion being over, weeks or even persist greater than a year.
One of the most common problems we see is that patients are given up on when they have post-concussion syndrome. It is assumed that they just need to rest and time will heal and things will sort of get better on their own. When the reality is, they won’t unless they’re cared for appropriately. At The Sports Neurology Clinic, we take every patient, understand every aspect of their problem and treat them as a total person to make sure they can get back to their life just as they were before their injury.
One of the most important things to know about post-concussion syndrome is that it is treatable in the right hands. Our individualized treatment plans, which can only be determined with a comprehensive neurological evaluation, may include medications, prescribed exertion, focused physical therapy, and other rehabilitative approaches.