Welcome to Alberta Concussion Centre
High quality and accessible care is the bane of our existence! At Alberta Concussion Centre, we use a multidisciplinary approach in the overall treatment of concussion patients. While making use of latest scientific researches, our goal is to offer a robust and complete assessment, evaluation and rehabilitation of individuals diagnosed with a head injury and concussion as a result of motor vehicle accidents, sports and domestic accidents.
A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Doctors may describe these injuries as “mild” because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious. Understanding the signs and symptoms of a concussion can help you get better more quickly.
Below are the leading causes of concussion
- Motor vehicle-related injury
- Unintentionally being struck by or against an obstacle
- Playing sports
After a concussion, some people lose consciousness (“knocked out”) for a short time.
After a concussion, some people lose consciousness for a short time, however, most concussions do not result in a loss of consciousness. Not being able to remember events prior to, or following the injury, for a period of time is another sign of a concussion.
Most people with a concussion have one or more of the symptoms listed below and recover fully within days, weeks or a few months. But for some people, symptoms of concussion can last even longer. Generally, if you feel that “something is not quite right,” or if you are feeling “foggy,” you should talk with your doctor.
Concussion symptoms include, but are not limited to the following:
- Difficulty thinking clearly
- Feeling slowed down
- lack of concentration
- Difficulty remembering new information
- Nausea or vomiting (early on)
- Balance problems
- Fuzzy or blurry vision
- Feeling tired, having no energy
- Sensitivity to noise or light
- More emotional
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Sleeping more than usual
- Sleeping less than usual
- Trouble falling asleep
Some of the listed symptoms above may appear right away, others on the other hand, may not be observed for days or months after the injury, or until the individual starts engaging back to their daily lifeand more demands are expected from and of them.
Note that the signs and symptoms of a concussion are not that easy to sort out. At the early stage, the problems may be missed by the individual with the concussion, family members, or misdiagnosed by doctors. People may look fine even though they are acting or feeling differently.