Psychologist's Office

Post- Concussion REcovery

What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

Post concussion syndrome relates to any of the after effects resulting from a concussion. Concussions can result in lasting effects on your brain's ability to respond to life and all that it entails. You may notice you get overwhelmed by little things or that you can't stand grocery shopping any longer or family gatherings are just too much. We hear from clients all the time that they feel more tired or easily fatigued from computer work or paperwork as well.

Often patients don't know they are suffering from the after effects of a concussion. They might have been in a car accident and got a head injury but did not know it because everyone was focusing on other more obvious injuries like, a broken leg, for example.

Signs & Symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome

  • mental and/or physical fatigue

  • headaches

  • visual fatigue

  • foggy brain

  • slow thinking

  • word finding trouble

  • reduced computer tolerance

  • difficulty keeping up at work or at home

  • trouble in social settings

  • overwhelmed in busy stores, like Costco or Winners

  • moodiness (irritable or cry easily)

  • dizziness or vertigo 

  • 'just not getting better as quickly as you thought you would'

 

Did you know you don't have to lose consciousness to get a concussion? Concussions can happen without direct impact/trauma to the head. Some people can get a concussion from sharp or sudden head movement like, whiplash.

When to seek treatment?

If you know you have suffered a head injury and got concussion then starting treatment, as soon as possible is recommended. We can often avoid long-term effects if the symptoms are managed quickly.

 

If you are noticing you have some of the signs and symptoms above and you think you might have got a concussion from a car accident or other trauma then book an appointment now.

 

It is always best to start tackling the signs and symptoms as quickly as possible to help the brain heal. But the brain is dynamic and resilient and it can change at any point in life with the right coaxing and treatment.  

 

If you are noticing some of these challenges, you can work with one of our Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist teams to develop a multifaceted approach to tackle your individual cognitive and physical limitations.