How long does a concussion last?


How long does a concussion last?
How long does a concussion last?

The duration of a concussion can vary widely from person to person and depends on several factors, including the severity of the injury and individual differences in how the brain heals.

In general, most people recover from a concussion within a few days to a few weeks. However, some individuals may experience symptoms for a longer period of time.

Here is a general timeline for the recovery stages of a concussion:

  1. Acute Stage (0-7 days):
    • In the first few days following a concussion, individuals often experience symptoms such as headache, dizziness, confusion, memory problems, and sensitivity to light and noise.
    • During this time, it’s important to rest both physically and mentally to allow the brain to heal.
  2. Subacute Stage (1-3 weeks):
    • In the following weeks, many people see improvement in their symptoms.
    • However, some symptoms may persist, and it’s important to continue monitoring and managing them.
    • Gradual return to physical and cognitive activities may be recommended under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
  3. Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS):
    • In some cases, symptoms may persist beyond the typical recovery period and can last for months or even longer. This is known as post-concussion syndrome.
    • PCS symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, mood changes, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue.
    • Treatment and rehabilitation, such as physical therapy, cognitive therapy, and medications, may be necessary for individuals with PCS.


It’s crucial for anyone who sustains a concussion to seek medical evaluation and follow the advice of a healthcare provider. Returning to sports, work, or other activities too quickly can increase the risk of re-injury or prolonged recovery.

Keep in mind that each concussion is unique, and recovery times can vary.

It’s important to prioritize rest, monitor symptoms, and consult with a healthcare professional to ensure a safe and full recovery. Returning to normal activities should be guided by medical advice to prevent further injury or complications.

Treatment options for Concussion

Specialized physical therapy treatment can assist in improving symptoms associated with dizziness following a concussion. A systematic approach of orthopedic, vestibular rehabilitation, sensorimotor re-training and progressive aerobic exercise is usually necessary to alleviate symptoms.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Concussion Recovery Program.   The primary goal of treatment is to address the underlying issues causing post-concussive syndrome.

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