Information and support for those with a recent concussion.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a mild injury to the brain that can happen after a hard blow or jolt to the head or body. Concussions are also called "mild traumatic brain injuries" because they are usually not life-threatening, and in most cases, there are no long-term effects.

Recovery varies from person to person, but most effects go away within two to four weeks.

Recovery may be slower for older adults, those with a history of concussions, depression, anxiety, or chronic pain. Understanding your injury can aid in better recovery.

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  • Common effects and symptoms of a concussion

    Concussions can have various effects, including:

    Physical effects:

    • Headache (pain in the head)
    • Feeling dizzy or light-headed
    • Feeling like you might throw up (nausea)
    • Balance issues
    • Feeling tired or slow
    • Sleep changes (trouble sleeping or sleeping more than usual)
    • Vision changes
    • Sensitivity to light or noise

    Thinking effects:

    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Memory problems
    • Trouble expressing thoughts
    • Difficulty finding the right words
    • Mental fog

    Emotional effects:

    • Feeling irritable or grumpy
    • Feeling anxious
    • Feeling depressed
    • Being more emotional and stressed

    These effects are normal and usually go away with time, even though they might bother you right now.

  • When should I get help?

    After a head injury, it is important to seek medical attention right away. This can be with your primary care provider or at an emergency department. If you experience any of the following symptoms over the next few days, you may need further medical attention:

    • Persisting or worsening headaches
    • Drowsiness or difficulty waking up
    • Repeated or forceful vomiting
    • Seizures (i.e. convulsions, body goes stiff, or a fixed stare)
    • Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
    • Balance issues
    • Blurred vision or unequal size or shape of the pupils
    • Blood or fluid from the nose or ears
    • Slurred speech
    • Cannot recognize people or places
    • Unusual behaviour: increased confusion or significant irritability
  • What help can I get?

    Our concussion services can provide:

    • Education on concussion symptoms and recovery.
    • Individual assessment and treatment for concussion symptoms.
    • Guidance on safely returning to daily activities, work, school and sports.
    • Screening and recommendations for rehabilitative services or specialized medical consultation if needed.
    • Sharing recovery information with your primary healthcare provider and others involved in your care.

    Request Concussion Services.

  • Who can receive services?

    You can receive our services if you:

    • Are 16 years or older.
    • Live in the Fraser Health region.
    • Were diagnosed with a concussion in the last 12 months.
    • Are not eligible for concussion services from other programs, like ICBC or WorkSafeBC.

    Referrals must be made by your health care provider such as your doctor, nurse practitioner, occupational therapist, physiotherapist or social worker.

    If you have questions about our services, call 604-514-7431.

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