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Figuring Out Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) describes a complex collection of symptoms that develop after a person has had a traumatic brain injury (concussion). Symptoms can last for months or even years. Headache, dizziness, memory loss, attention or sleep difficulties, anxiety, depression, and lack of energy are just a few of the many potential symptoms.

The specific source of PCS is not clear and doesn’t relate to the severity of the initial injury. Many experts believe that PCS is not caused by brain damage but is triggered by a blow to the head.

If symptoms last longer than a month after the initial injury or diagnosis of concussion, see a healthcare professional and bring a lists of symptoms, medications and vitamins. It is also recommended that you bring a friend or family member who can provide additional information regarding symptoms and circumstances of the concussion. Evaluation is essential and a specialized physical therapy program is frequently prescribed.

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