Mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injuries (mmTBI) currently impact 452 people every day in Canada. This amounts to one person injured with a traumatic brain injury every three minutes. Brain injuries occurs at a rate of 500 out of 100,000 individuals yearly in Canada.
What is post-concussive syndrome?
When we think of a traumatic brain injury, we typically think of concussions, the invisible injuries that often go undiagnosed. The majority of concussion symptoms in adults will resolve within about two weeks, and with proper recovery almost all dissipate within a month. Persistent symptoms beyond the course of recovery may be a sign of post-concussive syndrome, or PCS.
There are many signs and symptoms of post-concussive syndrome to look out for, including:
- Uncertain balance or problems with gait
- Ringing in the ears
- Memory loss
- Sensitivity to light
- Depression and mood swings
Are you at risk of PCS?
Although most concussions resolve themselves, some individuals may take longer. Trends in risk factors may suggest an individual’s likelihood to experience a delayed recovery. For example, having more than one concussion, severe impact, a history of migraines, a history of mood, anxiety, learning or seizure disorder or major visual symptoms following the impact may lead you to have prolonged symptoms of recovery.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, and it has been longer than the expected time period, you should speak with your doctor. You may be experiencing signs of post-concussive syndrome. They will assess your history and what you are currently experiencing to offer some information about the next steps forward.
Post-concussive syndrome could be affecting your balance, mental health and other parts of your life. People who have a chronic balance deficit caused by mild to moderate traumatic brain injury who can perform physical therapy are the ideal candidates for treatment with one of the Heuro™ Programs.
Talk with your doctor to see if Heuro™ Programs are right for you. Download the physician’s referral form or find a clinic near you. No clinic nearby? Make sure to let us know where you are so we can bring innovative programs closer to you.