Concussion is a common, although still imperfectly understood, type of brain injury. It usually cannot be seen on any imaging study, such as a CT or MRI scan, but it is a very real injury that can have effects on a wide range of physical and behavioral functioning.
The good news is that concussions are almost always self-limiting, resolving on their own within one to six weeks (usually in 7 to 10 days). When symptoms continue beyond six weeks, treatment is warranted for what is called "post-concussion syndrome." With effective and timely intervention, these symptoms can almost always be alleviated and the patient restored to good health.
The Weill Cornell Concussion and Brain Injury Clinic was founded to offer expert, multidisciplinary assessment and treatment for concussion and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). This site provides a basic overview of concussion and other TBIs, along with information and resources on how these injuries should be treated.