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What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be seen on routine x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. It affects the way a child may think and remember things, and can cause a variety of symptoms.


What are the Symptoms and Signs of a Concussion?

How do I know if I have had a concussion?

Coaches, teachers and parents can use the following evidence-based tool to assess for concussion:

(pdf version here)

Where Can I Get More Information?

Patient Information Handout

When might I need to see a Pediatric Neurologist for Concussion?

The majority of concussions will resolve on their own within 10-14 days. Prolonged concussion symptoms, called Post Concussive Syndrome may persist in some children and adults.

Seeing a neurologist or other specialist in concussion may be beneficial if you develop Post Concussive Syndrome. Post Concussive Syndrome may require specific treatment which will be prescribed by your doctor  including:

Graduated Aerobic Activity
Vestibular Physiotherapy
Headache Management
Mood and Anxiety Treatment
Neuropsychological Testing

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