“Brain fog” is a term often used to describe feelings of confusion, forgetfulness, and/or an inability to concentrate. This symptom may occur by itself, or it may develop in combination with other symptoms, such as headaches or dizziness.
Brain fog can have a variety of different causes. If brain fog develops after a patient has experienced a trauma to the head or another type of trauma that may have affected the brain, the cause may be a concussive injury.
A concussive injury is an injury that develops after the patient’s brain has been moved forcefully within the skull. Common causes of concussive injuries include impacts during sporting events, falls affecting the head, and car accidents. Concussive injuries can be serious, so patients with a possible concussion should always seek medical attention.
Parents should be concerned any time a child develops brain fog after the child experienced a head trauma. In these cases, parents should seek medical treatment for the child.
If a child comes in with brain fog, SportsSafe will begin by collecting a detailed medical history to determine whether concussion is a possibility. They will also perform a comprehensive neurologic exam and order any other assessments necessary to diagnose or rule out a concussion. If SportsSafe determines that the child has sustained a concussion, they will develop a treatment plan.