Post-concussion dizziness

Post-concussion dizziness refers to dizziness or vertigo that occurs following a concussion, which is a type of traumatic brain injury typically caused by a blow to the head or a sudden jolt to the body. Dizziness is a common symptom following a concussion and can significantly impact an individual's daily functioning and quality of life.

Post-concussion dizziness can manifest in various ways, including:

Vertigo: A sensation of spinning or whirling, often triggered by changes in head position.

Lightheadedness: A feeling of faintness or feeling like one might pass out.

Unsteadiness: A sense of imbalance or feeling like one might fall.

Visual disturbances: Blurred vision, sensitivity to light, or difficulty focusing may occur.

Nausea: Dizziness can often be accompanied by feelings of nausea or vomiting.

The exact mechanisms underlying post-concussion dizziness are not fully understood but may involve dysfunction of the vestibular system (responsible for balance) or other structures within the inner ear and brain that regulate balance and spatial orientation. Additionally, factors such as inflammation, changes in blood flow, or disruptions in neurotransmitter function may contribute to dizziness following a concussion.

Management of post-concussion dizziness typically involves a multidisciplinary approach, including rest and gradual return to activities, symptomatic management (such as medications for dizziness or nausea), vestibular rehabilitation therapy to improve balance and reduce symptoms, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or other psychological interventions to address anxiety or other emotional factors that may exacerbate symptoms.

It's essential for individuals experiencing post-concussion dizziness to seek evaluation and management from a healthcare provider experienced in treating concussion and related symptoms. A comprehensive assessment can help identify the underlying causes of dizziness and guide appropriate treatment strategies to promote recovery and improve quality of life.