Concussion and mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

Have you recently hit your head, body or been in an accident? Learn more about concussions and mTBIs!

What are potential signs and symptoms of a concussion?

Concussions/ mTBI’s can be characterized by a variety of emotional, physical, cognitive, and balance/ vestibular symptoms. Every concussion is a little different.


  • Crying
  • Being more emotional
  • Irritable/ easily frustrated

Physical Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Neck Pain

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Difficulty Remembering
  • Brain Fog
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Decreased speed of thinking/ processing

Balance/ Vestibular

  • Feeling dizzy
  • Feeling off balance
  • Feeling of the room spinning or you are spinning
  • Falls

Concussions are a functional injury, not a structural injury. This means that a concussion may not show on a MRI or CT scan. It is caused by changes in the chemicals in the brain and how the nerve cells talk to each other.

What do I do if I suspect I or my friend/family member has a concussion?

The good news is that 80-90% of Concussions improve on their own within the first 1-2 weeks. However, for the 10-20% that do not, specific post concussion Physical therapy can help!

Do I need a MRI?

MRIs and CT scans are not needed to diagnose or treat a concussion. These imaging techniques may be ordered by your provider to rule out other potential causes for your symptoms, especially if you were in a motor vehicle accident or if you are over the age of 65.

Can Inspiration Physical Therapy and Consulting help me?

Absolutely! Dr. Cheryl is certified in Concussion Management and has written continuing education courses and designed a post concussion rehabilitation program for a multiple state company!

Reach out today for a consult in person or via Telehealth!