Concussions can be treated, but they require a good diagnosis and recovery plan
The injury from impact can temporarily disrupt normal functioning of the brain and can affect how your brain cells work. Although concussions are described as mild traumatic brain injuries, the effects can be very serious and have a long-lasting impact on a person’s health and functioning.
Concussions are a “functional” brain injury, not a “structural” injury. That means it is a real injury that affects how the brain works, but those effects are not seen on x-rays, CT scans or MRI. Someone does not have to lose consciousness to have suffered a concussion.
There are more than 3 million concussions yearly in the United States. Most concussions are sports or work related, although they can also be caused by falls or accidents.