The Brain Injury Association of America defines PCS as, “the set of symptoms from a concussion or a series of concussions that do not resolve within the anticipated time frame.”
If you have suffered from a concussion and continue to experience difficulties with word-finding, memory, attention, problem solving or cognitive fatigue, you may be a good candidate for cognitive rehabilitation.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is one type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by trauma to the head which rapidly moves the brain back and forth.
Effects caused by the chemical changes from a TBI are typically temporary, but should not be ignored, as impacts on memory, speech, concentration, can significantly impact your ability to function at home, at work, and in the community. When symptoms from a concussion last longer than the typical recovery period, it’s known as post-concussion syndrome.
What Are Common Symptoms of a Concussion?
Symptoms of a concussion or post-concussion syndrome can be subtle, and sometimes go unnoticed by an untrained eye. That is why it’s important to be able to recognize them. Be on the lookout for symptoms such as:
- Amnesia and forgetfulness, ranging from short-term to long-term
- Behavior or mood changes
- Blurry vision or dizziness, such as seeing stars
- Difficulty with word-retrieval
- Headache or pressure in the head
- Nausea and even vomiting
- Speaking or moving clumsily / slowly
How Is a Concussion Diagnosed?
Taking note of your reported symptoms, your TBI specialist will review your medical history and perform a neurological examination.
This will include checking your coordination, balance, vision, hearing, reflexes, and more to see how your brain responds to the activity. Imaging tests such as a CT scan may also be necessary.
How Is a Concussion Treated?
Physical and mental rest are paramount, with a gradual return to your regular routine in order for your brain to heal and function properly. Your doctor may also refer you to a physical, speech, and/or vision specialist who will support your recovery.
If speech or cognitive changes persist past the typical recovery period, you may benefit from evaluation and treatment by a speech-language pathologist, who specializes in concussion treatment. Your speech therapist will conduct an evaluation to determine the best course of treatment to improve your cognitive-communication function.
Where Can I Get Treatment for a Concussion in Maryland and Virginia?
Here at Adult Speech Therapy Services, we specialize in treating adults with concussions / post-concussion syndrome, helping you to return to work and get back to your regular routine by facilitating brain healing.
We even offer telehealth appointments and accept certain insurance plans!
Contact us today at 301-323-8486 to schedule your free consultation!