What’s the difference between a concussion and a traumatic brain injury?

Traumatic brain injuries

traumatic brain injury is caused by severe physical trauma. These brain injuries commonly develop as a result of a traumatic car accident or a severe head impact from a fall. When a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, they are usually knocked out for 30 minutes, followed by forgetfulness, nausea, and other neurological symptoms.

Symptoms of traumatic brain injury

  • Losing consciousness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Head pain
  • Seizures
  • Fluid draining from the ears or nose
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of sensation in the fingers and toes
  • One or both pupils are dilated (wider than they should be)
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Slurred speech or speech that doesn’t make sense


A concussion does not always result in a traumatic incident for the victim. In fact, the person who has had a concussion may not even be aware that he or she has been injured.

When a concussion has side effects that last for several days, weeks, or months, the injury is reclassified as a moderate traumatic brain injury. Multiple concussions in a row – such as those sustained when playing football or other contact sports – can greatly raise the chance of more serious side effects and long-term health concerns.

Symptoms of Concussions

  • Headache or feeling pressure inside your head
  • Confusion, disorientation, and memory problems
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue, like you can’t stay awake
  • Inability to sleep
  • Behavior changes, such as irritability, uncontrolled crying, or anxiety
  • Seizures
Default Asked on March 9, 2022 in Health & Fitness.
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