At Idaho Brain & Body, we understand the complexities and concerns surrounding Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) and are here to support you. MTBI, often known as a concussion, is a form of brain injury that occurs from a mild blow or jolt to the head. This can happen during sports, falls, or even minor car accidents. Unlike more severe brain injuries, the effects of MTBI are usually not permanent and don’t involve prolonged loss of consciousness. Symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, temporary memory loss, or feeling “foggy.” While these symptoms typically resolve with time and proper care, each person’s experience with MTBI is unique. At Idaho Brain & Body, our approach is to provide personalized care, ensuring a safe and effective recovery process, and helping you return to your daily activities with confidence and health.

Common Symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI), often referred to as a concussion, typically presents with a range of symptoms that can affect physical, cognitive, emotional, and sleep functions. Common symptoms include:

Physical Symptoms:

  • Headache, often described as persistent or throbbing.
  • Dizziness or vertigo.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Fatigue or drowsiness.
  • Blurry or altered vision.
  • Sensitivity to light or noise.
  • Balance problems.

Cognitive Symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating or paying attention.
  • Memory problems, particularly with short-term or working memory.
  • Feeling mentally “foggy” or slowed down.
  • Difficulty with multitasking or problem-solving.

Emotional Symptoms:

  • Irritability or increased frustration.
  • Anxiety or nervousness.
  • Mood swings or emotional lability.
  • Depression or feelings of sadness.

Sleep-Related Symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Sleeping more than usual.
  • Sleeping less than usual.

It’s important to note that these symptoms can vary from person to person and may not all be present in every case of MTBI. Additionally, symptoms can emerge or worsen days after the initial injury, which is why monitoring after a head injury is crucial. Seeking medical attention is advised for a proper diagnosis and management plan.

Factors That Contribute to Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI), commonly known as a concussion, can result from various factors, primarily involving mechanisms that cause the brain to move rapidly within the skull. The most common cause is a direct blow to the head, often seen in contact sports, falls, or physical assaults. Motor vehicle accidents also contribute significantly, where sudden acceleration or deceleration forces can jolt the brain. The severity and angle of impact play crucial roles; even without a direct hit to the head, whiplash-type injuries can cause MTBI. Individuals with previous concussions are at a higher risk, especially if they haven’t fully recovered from prior incidents, making them more susceptible to further brain injury. Age and gender also influence risk; children, adolescents, and older adults are particularly vulnerable due to developmental and physiological factors. Additionally, inadequate use of protective headgear in sports or lack of seat belts in vehicles can increase the likelihood of sustaining an MTBI. Environmental factors, such as playing on harder surfaces or poor lighting, can exacerbate the risk of accidents leading to brain injuries. Understanding these factors is key to prevention and management strategies for MTBI.


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Wow were my eyes opened by Dr. Z. I was suffering from daily migraines, neck, back, shoulder, hip pain, vision and hearing problems, and the list goes on. Dr. Z saved my life. No joke. He is super meticulous and very passionate about his work. He is very smart and forward thinking and researches all the time. He genuinely cares about his patients. He’s an amazing and very caring provider and I highly recommend him.

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