Symptom Management

People living with the symptoms of concussion tell us that it can be very difficult and has a big impact on their lives. Many people experience multiple concussion symptoms at the same time, and some symptoms can trigger or affect other ones. Most people who sustain a concussion recover in a few weeks, but about 15% have prolonged symptoms. Dealing with concussion symptoms can be a great burden to patients and their families. Physicians or nurse practitioners can help patients manage their symptoms. Using our clinical guidelines, these health professionals can identify symptoms, determine how they affect health or other symptoms, and decide which ones to manage first.

The most common symptoms of concussion are:

    • Headaches
    • Dizziness
    • Cognitive troubles (e.g., concentration, attention, and memory)
    • Sleep and fatigue
    • Mood (e.g., short temper, depression, and anxiety)

Sometimes patients need specialist care. Appointments with specialists can take a long time to get, leaving patients to cope with worsening symptoms while they wait. The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation is working with our partners and other stakeholders to improve pathways of care, so that patients with prolonged concussion symptoms get appropriate, timely care.

To read more about our work to improve the standards of post-concussion care in Ontario, click here.