A traumatic brain injury is an injurious trauma to the head, more commonly described as a “concussion”. Not all concussions are the same.
The American Academy of Neurology sets three grades of traumatic brain injury:
Grade 1– No loss of consciousness. Difficulty conversing. Confusion. Headache. Symptoms resolve in about 15 minutes.
Grade 2– Same as above but symptoms are more severe and last longer than 15 minutes.
Grade 3– Any loss of consciousness.
Neurologists are sought after and usually have tight schedules. Not all traumatic brain injuries show up on CT or MRIs. If you have had a Grade 2 or 3 traumatic brain injury, get a referral to a neurologist from your primary care physician as soon as possible…then make the appointment! The next available slot may be several weeks away.