Frequently Asked Questions
We understand how the world of brain injury can be overwhelming and confusing. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you on your journey to recovery. Feel free to contact us if you want a consultation.
How do I know if I have sustained a concussion
If you experience any of the following symptoms persistently, you may have sustained a concussion:
- Headaches | Dizziness | Blurry vision | Brain Fog | Difficulty Concentrating
- Emotional symptoms: Examples: moody, irritable, sad, worried, crying spontaneously
- Sleep issues: Examples: drowsiness, trouble falling asleep
How long does it take to recover from a concussion
Mild concussions often resolve themselves within 3-6 weeks. However, it is still important that you refrain from any activity that could put you at risk for any kind of physical contact, even if you are feeling recovered and asymptomatic. There is a 30-day window following the accident in which you are most vulnerable.
I did not hit my head but have been feeling very unwell, what should do?
Even a mild concussion can be caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head or body. Your head may have been shaken around in your skull causing damage or mild brain injury symptoms. You should seek medical attention immediately.
My injury is not sports related, is it ok to return to school or work commitments and resume my regular activities?
Not all concussions are suffered by athletes while playing sports; falls and accidents can cause them too. All concussions are serious injuries that can have severe repercussions if not managed properly. Proper care during the first 7 – 10 days is crucial to ensure recovery.
My loved one is acting strange and has angry emotional outbursts since sustaining a concussion injury. What should I do?
Changes after a concussion or brain injury can interfere with life. Some brain injury survivors will not successfully return to home, work, school and may need ongoing support. Recovery from a brain injury my take months, or it may take years. Some changes may be permanent. The survivor will need to learn new management strategies, including how to access community and advocacy supports.
What should I do if it has been over six months and my symptoms are worsening? I have sensory issues, confusion, memory loss, balance and noise interference. I cannot work or function in my day to day life.
You need to seek further medical and/or alternative therapy intervention immediately and if possible reduce or discontinue extra-curricular activities (this includes no gym, no manual labor, or heavy equipment usage, no power tools and saws etc.). Post concussion Syndrome can occur days, weeks, months, years, after the initial injury.