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Concussions Can Lead to Much More Than a Headache, According to MMTR Health Inc. Founder, Terry Moore, Neuromuscular and Cardiovascular Physiologist
Date:6/19/2013

(PRWEB) June 19, 2013

A blow to the head; a swift jarring to the body and a headache follows immediately or within minutes to hours. It’s understandable, but what else may follow a concussion injury? Concussion is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury. According to mayoclinic.com, usual symptoms that accompany a concussion are headache, amnesia and confusion. But many other symptoms may follow, sometimes not for days or weeks following the initial injury. These may include ongoing headaches, dizziness, feeling like you’re in a fog, light or noise sensitivity and feelings of depression or frustration, to name a few. If symptoms develop or persist over a period of a few weeks or months, you likely have what is termed “post concussion syndrome.”

A study conducted by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (as presented in the JAMA Pediatrics, Feb 2013) indicated that post concussion syndrome (PCS) developed in 29.3% of children between the ages of 5-18 who presented to the emergency department with mild traumatic brain injury. Other studies also indicate that about one third of those who experienced a concussion injury will develop PCS.

There are accepted outcome measures and numerous specialists, which recognize a list of PCS symptoms. The Rivermead Post Concussion Symptoms Questionnaire scores 16 main symptoms and leaves room to add other issues that have arisen since the injury. Dr. Robert Cantu, a Neurosurgeon and world renowned expert in concussion and post concussion symptoms suggests a list of 26 symptoms. In his book, Concussion and our Kids, Dr. Cantu highlights 4 categories of symptoms: Somatic (affecting the physical), Emotional (affecting mood), Sleep disturb
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