Concussions, commonly known as mild traumatic brain injuries, are increasingly gaining attention due to their potential long-term effects. While many individuals recover well from a concussion, as early as seven to ten days following the event, some experience persistent symptoms that can last for months or even years. This raises a worrying question: will these symptoms be permanent? Will this continue to affect my life? Will I ever feel ‘normal’?


Understanding what a concussion is and its effects on the brain is essential in addressing this question. A concussion is defined as an injury induced from a mechanical force or trauma to the brain leading to temporary impairment of the normal brain function. Commonly classified as a functional injury, a concussion occurs when the neurons in the brain shear and stretch, leading to a neurometabolic cascade. Put simply, during a concussion, the brain releases a large amount of cell energy, which requires time and additional energy to replenish. This results in an energy deficit that requires approximately 22 to 45 days to restore.


While the brain typically metabolically recovers within this timeframe, physiological symptom recovery can vary, as mentioned earlier. If symptoms persist, it’s important to recognize the necessity of a comprehensive assessment to develop a thorough management plan for addressing unresolved physiological symptoms.

Recovery is possible!!!

Read more information by exploring  the 8 domains of a concussion injury. 

 No two concussions are the same – there are always individual variations. Understanding individualized treatment programs and identifying pre-existing or new contributing factors will be essential in preventing PCS from becoming permanent.