Following a serious car crash, symptoms consistent with post-concussion syndrome may arise.
Various symptoms such as headaches and dizziness may last for a short period of time, or weeks or months or longer.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. You do not have to lose consciousness to sustain a concussion or suffer from post-concussion syndrome.
Post-concussion symptoms may include:
- Loss of concentration and memory
- Ear ringing, tinnitus
- Noise, light sensitivity
Not everyone with post-concussion syndrome will experience all of the mentioned symptoms.
The symptoms may be caused by disruption of the messaging system within nerves caused by the impact. Physiological effects of brain trauma and emotional reactions may play a role in the presentation of the symptoms. The symptoms may be worse in people who have suffered prior head trauma or concussions.
In some cases, a referral may be made to a neurologist or neuropsychologist, and cognitive therapy may be appropriate.