What Is Concussion? - Sports And Spinal Group

What Is Concussion?


What Is Concussion?

A concussion can occur following a traumatic force to the head or body that causes the brain to rapidly bounce around in the skull. This rapid movement causes the brain’s cells to become stretched, creating chemical changes and a temporary disturbance to the functioning of the brain. This can result in one or more of the following signs or symptoms:


  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Light/noise sensitivity
  • Visual disturbances
  • Dizziness
  • Balance issues
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fatigue


  • Memory issues
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling “in a fog


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Sleep issues

It is often believed that a concussion only occurs when someone loses consciousness, but this is simply not the case. If you have experienced any of the above signs or symptoms following a recent knock to the head, a concussion is likely and a consultation with one our CCMI-accredited practitioners is strongly recommended. This will help ensure you have an efficient recovery and a safe return to work, school and/or sport.

In rare cases, a traumatic force to the body can result in a more severe head or neck injury. If you are experiencing any of the following “red flag” symptoms, please consult a medical professional or emergency department immediately as a more serious injury may be present.

  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Weakness, numbness or tingling in the arms, legs or face
  • Worsening or severe headache
  • Severe nausea or frequent vomiting
  • Changes in vision
  • Increasing confusion or unusual behaviour
  • Unsteadiness standing or moving
  • Loss of coordination
  • Abnormal sense of taste
  • Difficulty swallowing or speaking
  • Memory loss
  • Bruising around eyes or ears
  • Bloody ear discharge
  • Facial paralysis or drooping of face


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