A concussion, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is any kind of bump, blow or jolt to the head that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement causes the brain to bounce around in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
A few years ago, the movie Concussion, brought this frequent sports injury to the forefront of the news. The movie focuses on a real-life doctor who brings awareness to the significant risk that some of our nation’s top athletic stars – football players – undergo each time they walk on to the field, whether during practice or during a game.
Mild TBI and Concussion are often misunderstood and frequently go untreated. In today’s blog, we’ll talk about causes, symptoms, and treatment options for both mild TBI and concussion!