Are Some Types of Concussions Worse than Others?

A concussion is a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that can result in a wide array of symptoms.

But are some concussions worse than others?

Our Ottawa concussion experts here to shed light on the topic.

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The Five Types of Concussions

The word Concussion comes from the Latin concutere, which means to shake violently.

TBIs are usually caused by a sudden jolt or blow to the head.

animation of brain with concussionResearchers from Standford’s Brain Performance Center have identified 5 types of concussions and have recommended a different treatment for each one.

While the categories are not mutually exclusive, as the symptoms may overlap, scientists hope that identifying the specific behaviours of every subtype of concussion will ultimately lead to more effective treatments for every brain injury. 

The different types of concussions are the following:

  • Cognitive
  • Headache / Migraine
  • Ocular - motor
  • Vestibular
  • Anxiety / Mood

At our Ottawa concussion clinic, we use world-class technology to accurately identify and treat Traumatic Brain Injuries. The Broadview team has the experience, as well as the equipment and training to provide you with the most suitable treatment to put you on your way to recovery

Severity of Concussions

hockey player suffers concussionSpecialists rank the severity of concussions based on factors like amnesia, loss of consciousness and lack of balance. Below are the three grades:

  1. MILD: Symptoms last less than 15 minutes and involve no loss of consciousness
  2. MODERATE: Symptoms last more than 15 minutes and involve no loss of consciousness
  3. SEVERE: The person loses consciousness

Regardless of the grade, many people affected by a concussion can fully recover after rehabilitation. 

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Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosis

According to the federal government, 50% of Canadians have little or no knowledge about concussions.

In addition, 25% of people do not know how Traumatic Brain Injury is treated.

However, and because concussions can be serious, you should seek medical attention if you are experiencing any symptoms (or if you observe someone who is).

What is especially tricky about concussions is that it is possible not to know that you actually have them, so the best people can do after a sudden shake or jolt to the head is to get themselves evaluated. 

Mild Concussions

doctor goes over concussion scansSports and minor car accidents are usually the cause of the least severe type of Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Patients experience headache, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, nausea, and dizziness. Generally, they are able to return to normal life within days.

Moderate Concussions

The symptoms may be similar to the previous TBIs, but include amnesia, irritability and ringing in the ears.

You should rest for several days before resuming work or demanding daily activities. 

Severe Concussions

The symptoms can last for weeks before they start to subside.

Patients who suffer from 3rd grade TBIs are at risk of permanent brain damage, and may experience vomiting, amnesia and other serious symptoms (like seeing stars) on top of loss of consciousness

Advanced Concussion Clinic in Ottawa

The concussion specialists on the Broadview team are dedicated to improving our patients’ quality of life.

We provide post-traumatic care to individuals with neurological conditions and brain injuries by combining expertise, passion and top-notch technology.

To find out more and book your first appointment for concussion treatment in Ottawa at the Broadview clinic, contact us today.