This post originally appeared in February of 2012, it is a good summation of the minutiae surrounding concussion.
For years we in the medical community have been struggling with the terms “concussion” and “traumatic brain injury”; is there a difference? The simple answer is no. As you have seen on the blog, we use the term interchangeably, however just like anything in life semantics make a difference. The perception of a “concussion” is that of sports and “not really that big of a deal”, and that would be horribly wrong.
As Broken Brain — Brilliant Mind posts today this injury is to the brain and confusion about semantics need to be cleared in order to gain a firm grasp on the issue at hand;
I’ve been giving a fair amount of thought to concussions over the past couple of years. In the course of my tbi rehab, my neuropsych has referred to my mild tbi’s as “concussions” and oddly, I never really thought of them that way. I’m not sure why I didn’t make the connection. I guess I thought, like so many others, that concussions are not that big of a deal — just a bump on the head. Getting your bell rung. Getting dinged. Big deal, right? Then, when my neuropsych talked about all the concussions I’ve had, the light went on.
My mild traumatic brain injuries were concussions. Concussion sounds a lot less dramatic than TBI, but essentially, it’s the same thing (I won’t go into the distinctions that SUNY-Buffalo Concussion Clinic people make).
By the way if you have not been going to BB–BM you should, as his/her perspective on dealing with brain injury is a massive resource. Needless to say, whether you use the term “concussion” or “brain injury” the results Continue reading