Concussions occur from an injury to the brain. Most concussion symptoms resolve within 2 weeks. However, every individual is unique, and the site and severity of the injury can play a role in the length of recovery.
Post-Concussive Syndrome (PCS) occurs when symptoms from a concussion last longer than the expected time for recovery.
How is PCS Diagnosed?
A medical doctor should be consulted to determine if an individual has Post-Concussion Syndrome. The doctor will look at many factors to determine if an individual has PCS, including the site, severity, and symptoms associated with the brain injury. Although there is not one specific assessment performed to diagnose PCS, CT scans and MRIs can be used to detect and structural changes in the brain, in conjunction with the doctor’s clinical judgement.
What are the symptoms associated with PCS?
The most common symptoms associated with PCS include:
- Problems with sleep (sleeping more or less than usual)
- Feeling drowsy, groggy or overly fatigued
- Psychological changes (irritability, mood swings, anxiety, depression, apathy)
- Cognitive changes (problems with memory, sustaining attention, or problem-solving; confusion)
- Sensitivity to lights or sounds
- Visual changes (blurred vision or double vision)
Sage’s Post-Concussion Program
After a patient has been thoroughly evaluated by a physician, the physician will typically refer to the therapeutic services needed. These services may include occupational, physical, and speech therapy as well as support from a psychological practitioner, such as a social worker. Here at Sage Outpatient Day Neuro, we have an exceptional interdisciplinary team composed of all of these types or practitioners. Because we have an extensive interdisciplinary team, we are able to work together to create the best individualized treatment plan for each patient. Optimal outcomes are achieved when a cohesive interdisciplinary team collaborates to address each patient’s symptoms and concerns, in order to improve their daily functioning and overall quality of life.
If you suspect that you may be experiencing Post-Concussive Syndrome, take the first step towards your recovery journey by consulting with your doctor and inquiring about a comprehensive interdisciplinary treatment approach.