Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion
A mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), commonly called concussion, is usually caused by a bump, blow, jolt to the head, or hit to the body. When the head is hit hard enough, the brain can be shaken around inside the skull. This movement can cause changes to how brain cells function and communicate.
Physical, emotional, sleep, and thinking symptoms are a normal part of recovery. Symptoms can occur immediately after injury or they can appear in days or weeks following the event. Most concussions resolve quickly, and people fully recover. For some, these common symptoms last longer and can impact everyday activities at home, school, work, and in the community. Research has shown that learning about concussion and how to use helpful tools to manage common symptoms is the best way to support recovery.
You can check out some symptom management strategies in the Symptoms of Mild TBI and the Life After Mild TBI sections. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider first to make sure these tools are right for you.
The interdisciplinary team of specialists treating someone after a mTBI may include:
- Medical provider specializing in Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine
- Behavioral health providers specializing in Neuropsychology, Sport and Rehabilitation Psychology, and counseling
- Athletic Training
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech/Cognitive Therapy
- Vocational Counseling
- Case Management