Post Concussion Syndrome
Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries which usually occur after a motor vehicle accident, sports injury, physical fight or trips/falls. Individuals who have experienced this type of injury often report a number of physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms. These symptoms are referred to as post concussion symptoms (PCS). PCS are categorized into two different groups; circuit (physical) malfunction and metabolic (chemical) malfunction.
The most commonly reported PCS for circuit malfunctions include:
Slow reaction time
The most commonly reported PCS for metabolic malfunctions include:
Digestive conditions; leaky gut
Blood sugar problems
Although these symptoms often resolve within a short period of time, it can sometimes persist for months and even years following injury. If you experience these symptoms for a long period of time, it is called persistent PCS or post concussion syndrome.
As you can imagine, post-concussion syndrome can impact your quality of life in several ways. Symptoms such as reduced concentration and memory problems may be unfavourable for your performance at school or work and your personal relationships with family and friends may be negatively impacted by irritability, anxiety, and depression symptoms. Luckily, there are treatment options available to help you recover.
Physiotherapy and balance training can help with many physical symptoms, but the cognitive symptoms may not be addressed. For years, it was believed that the only method to treat concussions was through medication but that is not the case anymore. Medication may relieve symptoms associated with metabolic malfunctions but it is not a permanent solution for circuit malfunction symptoms. As mentioned in our previous blog posts, non-invasive treatments are available for concussions including post-concussion syndrome.
Z-score neurofeedback is a non-invasive method used to train the brain to be more relaxed, calm, alert, and focused. Multiple areas of the brain are trained at the same time with the help of a 19 electrode cap that is placed on your head. Stay tuned for our next blog post to learn more about how Z-score neurofeedback may help you overcome your persistent concussion symptoms. For more on concussions visit https://www.neuropotentialclinics.com/concussion
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