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Most people who have a mild brain injury get well and do not experience long term problems. Adults and children with a mild injury should be monitored closely at home for any persistent, worsening or new symptoms. Sometimes a mild injury or concussion is missed at the initial injury. MRI and CAT scans are often normal.

Common Symptoms Can Include:

  • Cognitive Problems
  • Headache
  • Difficulty Thinking
  • Memory Problems
  • Attention Deficits
  • Mood Swings
  • Frustration

Standardized instruments such as the Acute Concussion Evaluation ACE and the SCAT Sport Concussion Assessment tool provide a systematic way  to assess someone who has had a mild injury.  If symptoms persist often a neuro psychological evaluation can identify strategies to treat the ongoing symptoms.


Recovering from a Concussion

  • Rest – Allows the brain to heal. Not sleeping after a concussion or needing to wake an individual periodically is a myth unless directed by a physician to do so. Slowly and gradually return to normal activity and if symptoms return or get worse you are doing too much too soon.
  • Avoid Physically Demanding Activities – You are at risk to having another concussion.
  • Avoid Driving, Riding a Bike or Operating Equipment – You may not realize it but after a concussion your balance and reaction time can be affected.
  • Alcohol & Other Drugs  – May slow your recovery and may put you at risk for further injury. Facing a brain injury is a difficult challenge.

The Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City is here to help.  Call 800-444-6443 or 913-754-8883, extension 1, to reach our Program Director.