Concussions are defined as a traumatic blow to the head or other force that results in the brain colliding against the skull. This can result in disturbances in vision and/or balance, confusion, short-term memory loss and other impaired brain functions. A more severe head injury can cause serious complications that may include bleeding or swelling in the brain and can have long-term effects on health.

Concussions can be categorized as simple or complex. Simple concussions, which are generally mild and do not typically result in loss of consciousness are relatively common in children and adolescents. This type of concussion will gradually resolve within a week to 10 days as long as another head injury is not sustained. Mild concussions usually do not result in complications or long-term health risks.

Complex concussions result in persistent symptoms and can affect brain function. Complex concussions increase the risk for complications, such as swelling or bleeding in the brain, seizures and post-concussion syndrome which can include but is not limited to persistent headache, dizziness, difficulty concentrating or focusing, emotional outbursts, or blurred vision. Severe concussions and multiple concussions are characterized as complex.

It can be frustrating for those suffering with symptoms from a concussion because traditional medicine does not typically offer many options for treatment or rehabilitation for brain injuries. Unfortunately, the effects of a concussion can greatly affect quality of life now and well into the future if not managed properly. It’s important to find a practitioner with the training to help patients not only manage their symptoms, but also improve their overall health and well-being.

Functional neurologists are helping patients achieve great success in reclaiming their lives by utilizing the most cutting edge brain based rehabilitation therapies, which improves the overall health and function of your brain without the use of pharmaceutical drugs or surgery. They have extensive knowledge about brain function and are equipped to offer customized treatment that is based on the brain-body connection. Every patient is assessed through comprehensive testing and given a care plan that is tailored to their specific needs.

Unfortunately, many traditional doctors only rely on subjective measurements, which means simply asking how you feel and determining treatment based on those feelings and the symptoms you describe. Often this doesn’t give the doctor a comprehensive view of how your brain is actually functioning and what needs to be done to make you feel better long term. It can also lead to misdiagnoses and you not feeling relief from the symptoms and problems you’re experiencing for weeks, months or even years after the injury. A functional neurologist can help patients achieve success when dealing with concussions and brain related injuries.