What You Should Know About Post-Concussion Syndrome

While most people who suffer a concussion have no lasting long-term effects, even a mild concussion could lead to slow-to-appear complications. If you or a loved one recently had a concussion or other head trauma, you might be experiencing symptoms that could point to post-concussion syndrome. At Trusted Medical Centers - Mansfield, we can help trauma patients find the answers they need.  

What is post-concussion syndrome?

Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder with symptoms that last for weeks or months after a concussion. A concussion usually occurs after a blow to the head or a violent movement of the head or body. You can have a concussion without losing consciousness, and even a mild concussion can lead to post-concussion syndrome.

For most people, post-concussive symptoms appear within the first 7-10 days after the injury and go away in three months or less. It’s estimated that around 50% of people who’ve had a concussion experience post-concussion syndrome early on, and 15% have long-term post-concussive symptoms that last a year or longer.

Post-concussive symptoms

While the post-concussion syndrome is more common in people who have suffered repeated concussions, this condition can happen to people after their first concussion. Some people with the post-concussion syndrome have only a few symptoms, while others have multiple issues.

Things to watch for after a concussion include:

Post-concussion care

If you experience a head injury severe enough to cause confusion or amnesia -- even if you never lost consciousness -- you should always see a doctor. If symptoms like the ones described above persist, you should go back for follow-up care and mention your concerns.  

At Trusted Medical Centers - Mansfield, our team is ready to listen and work to diagnose your condition, providing testing and imaging, such as an MRI, if indicated, and recommend appropriate treatment to manage your symptoms.   

Don’t let weeks or months go by without finding out if your symptoms are related to a recent concussion. Call 817-225-4809 for an appointment, or visit our hospital in Mansfield, Texas, as a walk-in patient for a trauma evaluation.

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