Athletes who suffer concussions have been in the news lately as players from the professional and amateur ranks deal with and try to recover from the brain injury.
According to the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed conditions is mild traumatic brain injury, also known as MTBI or concussion.
MTBI comes when someone takes a blow to the head and troubling symptoms follow.
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Some research indicates the majority of MTBI symptoms, such as dizziness and headaches, will improve within four months. But other researchers have found that MTBI symptoms can linger for years following mild concussions, whiplash or other blows to the head.
When patients with head injuries are taken to the emergency room, most doctors screen for serious brain injuries. More mild brain injuries can go unnoticed. Many patients are told they are fine, but develop symptoms later. Many patients, and insurance company officials, may not realize the late-appearing symptoms can be caused by the undiagnosed mild head injury.
The proper diagnosis can be missed and the patient’s later complaints of symptoms may not be taken seriously. They may be sent for psychotherapy, or even thought to be faking symptoms.
Below is a list of some of the symptoms that are often related to mild head injuries. These symptoms can vary based on the severity of the injury and the regions of the brain that are injured. Patients should determine whether there has been increases or worsening of symptoms like these following head injuries.
- Difficulty learning how to perform new tasks
- Feeling disorganized
- Difficulty finishing activities in a reasonable amount of time
- Being easily irritated, frustrated or displaying outbursts of rage or anger
- Difficulty retrieving the right words
- Sensitivity to light and/or sound
- Becoming easily distracted
- Difficulty concentrating
- Short-term memory loss
- Frequent headaches
- An increase in impulsive behavior, taking risks or being rude
- Difficulty getting a sound sleep
- Problems with balance
- Experiencing dizziness or tremors
- Having trouble changing plans or moving effectively from one activity to another
- Reading problems
- Trouble understanding what others are saying
- Getting lost
- Feeling fidgety
- Decreased sex drive
- Problems with vision, taste, hearing, smell
- Emotional problems such as depression. Feelings of fear. Nightmares
After suspecting a concussion or head injury, physicians typically order CAT scans or MRI’s to rule out any serious medical problems.
But these scans don’t always reveal mild or moderate brain damage.
If you have suffered a head injury that you or your doctor have initially found to be not severe, keep in mind that symptoms may not appear for some time.
There are other tests that include quantitative EEG, PET, or SPECT that can determine how your brain is functioning.
Neurofeedback has proven helpful in providing rehabilitation of brain injuries as well as strokes – even years after the injury has occurred.
Contact AHPI today to let us help you begin the road to recovery.