What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?
Post-Concussion Syndrome is a complex of symptoms, which persists beyond the point of concussion recovery. One of the most common misunderstandings is the difference between concussion and post-concussion syndrome. Post-concussion syndrome is sometimes thought to be a “long concussion”, however that is not the case. Concussion is a short-term injury that lasts a couple days to 2 weeks, at most, and then goes away. Symptoms that continue beyond this time are most likely due to Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS). Post- concussion syndrome symptoms can persist for days, weeks or even years.
Concussions have become a major health concern in sports, and nowadays everyone worries about what head injuries are doing to the brains of athletes. It’s an issue that should be taken seriously and evaluated properly by a neurologist who is specialty trained in athlete care.
Post-Concussion Syndrome symptoms can be debilitating. It can significantly affect people’s lives, so they can’t produce as much academically, socially or athletically. These patients are complex, with multiple factors going on, and must be evaluated and treated comprehensively.
Post-concussion symptoms may include:
- Neck pain
- Foggy thinking
- Sleep difficulties
- Poor memory
- Sensitivity to light or noise
Often it is assumed that post-concussion syndrome patients just need to rest more and time will heal. The reality is, they won’t unless they’re cared for appropriately. At The Sports Neurology Clinic at Illinois Bone and Joint, we take every patient, evaluate every aspect of their problem and treat them as a whole person to make sure they can get back to their life just as they were before their injury.
One of the most important things to know about post-concussion syndrome is that it is treatable in the right hands. Our individualized treatment plans, which can only be determined with a comprehensive neurological evaluation, may include medications, prescribed exercise, focused physical therapy and other rehabilitative approaches.