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Concussion

Mild brain trauma

A temporary injury to the brain caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that usually lasts a few days or weeks

About

Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury which occurs after sustaining an injury to the head through an accident or an object forcefully coming into contact with the head. It may or may not be accompanied by a loss of consciousness. The concussion may disrupt the brain’s ability to process sensory information.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of concussion icon plus

    Concussion symptoms may impact physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, including cognitive problems.

    Physical symptoms may include:

    • dizziness
    • headaches
    • imbalance
    • incoordination
    • nausea/vomiting
    • fatigue
    • sleep disturbances
    • double or blurred vision and sensitivity to light and sounds

    Emotional symptoms may include

    • irritability
    • restlessness
    • anxiety
    • depression
    • mood swings
    • aggression or reduced tolerance to stress

    Cognitive symptoms may include

    • difficulty with remembering things
    • confusion
    • slowed processing
    • 'fogginess' and reduced concentration
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    If you are experiencing dizziness or balance problems following a concussion injury, it is important to be assessed and monitored by a consultant with training and expertise in the management of concussion, particularly when it applies to returning to sport.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    The majority of concussions resolve in around a week with rest. We advise that you avoid mentally taxing activities while you recover. A neuropsychologist may be helpful for managing changes in mood, anxiety, irritability, personality or behaviour following concussion. They can monitor your symptoms and advise on strategies to improve them, which will benefit your recovery and return you to your usual daily life and work.
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