There are risks involved with concussion that are so serious, immediate emergency care is a must following a head injury. A concussion is much more than ‘a bump on the head’ – it’s a traumatic brain injury. Although they are referred to as mild traumatic brain injuries, a concussion can have a profound affect on how the brain functions. Effects on cognitive and motor function may occur at the time of injury and result in what seems like temporary symptoms, but sometimes symptoms worsen over time, too.

One of the most frightening aspects of traumatic brain injury is the false sense of security they can occur when a person feels fine after a short period of rest, from just a few days to perhaps a few weeks, and assumes recovery is complete. It is possible for a concussion to continue to affect brain function even when there are no symptoms or signs of any problem. In such cases, the individual may be at risk for the serious complications that a second concussion can involve, and they don’t even know it. Second-impact syndrome, or SIS, can cause brain swelling and bleeding that is extremely dangerous; it can result in permanent disability and even death. If you’ve suffered a concussion, you may continue to be at risk for SIS for days or even weeks after a first concussion.

A functional neurologist can perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine what areas of the brain have been impacted by concussion. The type of testing functional neurologists use to evaluate the effects of concussion are different from those used by neurologists working within standard medicine. Functional neurologists go beyond checking cognitive function; they assess all possibilities for how function in the brain has been altered. In-depth, very precise testing can identify which areas of the brain and nervous system have been impacted by concussion, how this is impacting the individual’s health, and why symptoms are occurring.

After a thorough evaluation, a customized plan of therapeutic support can facilitate healing and recovery. Measurable results and improvements can typically be achieved through therapies that involve stimulating the brain in certain ways, so new connections are developed. Sometimes concussion therapy may be supported by nutritional support or lifestyle interventions, too. Functional neurologists work very closely with their patients to facilitate the fullest recovery possible, so they can achieve the best possible outcomes.

A functional neurologist can provide the comprehensive evaluation and customized support that may help individuals avoid long term complications or the potential risks associated with any concussion, including ones that result from a second injury. Safe, natural therapies can help traumatic brain injury patients feel better, enhance their quality of life, and ensure they enjoy the benefits of optimal wellness for a lifetime.