It could be possible that past concussions are still affecting you. Many factors play into how your brain injury may be affecting you today such as diet, activity level, genetics, previous mental illnesses, stress levels, where you live, and current medications. Not to mention, the extent of the injury, the location of the brain injured, and what you have done to heal since then can add to where you are today. Each person’s genetic make up and rate of healing is different. Often times, people may not realize that they even have a true concussion, so they do not seek medical treatment, however they may still suffer side effects weeks, months, even years later and would never think to blame it on the head injury.
A full medical evaluation is necessary to determine what symptoms you may be experiencing and if they could be related to a past concussion. Research that evaluates the extent of mTBI’s vary in the assessment of cognition (such as memory, speed, or reaction time), psychological factors (such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, or suicidal ideation), physical factors (such as headaches, dizziness, gait, or balance), extent of injury (such as severity or location of the brain), and demographic or psychosocial factors (such as gender, age, SES, and past conditions). Unfortunately, most studies only take into account one domain and miss the rest, which leaves gaps in assessment procedures. Assessment procedures may involve clinical interviews, medical chart reviews, collection of collateral information, self-report questionnaires, surveys, neuroimaging (CT, MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, biomarkers, fMRI, QEEG), clinical diagnosis by health care provider, and/or symptom checklists.
If you believe a past concussion may be affecting you today, make an appointment with our office to determine where your symptoms may be stemming from and how we can help you. 888-489-6665