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Brain injuries and concussions are complex with various symptoms that can have a significant impact on your life. Some symptoms may appear right away, while others may not be noticed for days, weeks or months after the brain injury.

At University of Missouri Health Care, our caring, experienced brain injury and concussion specialists are here to help you if you or a loved one experiences a head injury.

Any shock or blow to the head that causes bruising, bleeding, swelling or shearing may result in a traumatic brain injury or concussion. The injury can range from mild to severe and be caused by:

  • An accident
  • An assault  
  • A fall
  • Sports contact

In some cases, the cause of brain injury or concussion may not be clear.

Symptoms of brain injury and concussion

When someone experiences a blow to the head, lingering brain injury or concussion symptoms may include:

  • Abnormal behavior
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fogginess
  • Headaches
  • Memory problems
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea
  • Unsteadiness
  • Unusual sleeping patterns

If you experience any of these symptoms following a head injury, see your doctor immediately.

Our brain injury and concussion team

At MU Health Care, we offer an interdisciplinary clinic for evaluating and treating brain injuries and concussions. Our goal is help you return to the highest level of function and independence possible.

Our health care professionals are experts in three key areas of brain injury and concussion care:

  • Mizzou Therapy Services. This includes occupational, physical, speech and other therapies. 
  • Neuropsychology. Our neuropsychologists help you understand and manage how your brain injury may affect your behavior.
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation. This includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for brain injuries and concussions.

Our multidisciplinary team includes clinicians and researchers from:

Recovering from brain injury

Rehabilitation after brain injury is largely unpredictable as every injury is different. Recovery from a traumatic brain injury is a long, difficult process for the patient, family members and friends.

With the appropriate care, treatment and rehabilitation therapy, people with brain injuries can learn to manage limitations and cope with quality of life changes.