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Can Concussion Symptoms Be Delayed?

by Aviv Clinics
February 13, 2023

The mind and body are complex. We might think we know what is happening inside our bodies, but sometimes it’s not very obvious. 

According to estimates, 69 million individuals are estimated to suffer TBI from all causes each year.” Experiencing post-concussion syndrome symptoms years later is not uncommon. If you’ve endured a motorbike or car accident, the brain injury that occurs can manifest on its own timeline.

Fortunately, recovery from delayed symptoms is possible even years after a traumatic brain injury. The Aviv medical team is here to explain why concussion symptoms can be delayed and what you can do to treat them. Use this guide to regain control of your health—the foundation of a good life.

Delayed Symptoms of Concussion: Why They Happen 

For some people, concussion symptoms will come on immediately. Others have symptoms that come and go. And yet some people exhibit symptoms only later in life. 

For example, a patient with a concussion might initially have headaches that resolve quickly. Then over time, these minor headaches develop into new and debilitating symptoms (e.g., chronic and/or more severe headaches).

Delayed symptoms from a concussion may include physical and mental effects, such as: 

  • Headaches 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Blurred vision 
  • Sensitivity to light/noise
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Mood swings 


What to Do If You Suspect You Might Have Delayed Symptoms of Concussion? 

Rest assured, there are several clinically and scientifically proved treatments for post-concussion syndrome. They include: 

  • Physical therapy (PT): Aims to ease pain and improve mobility and range of motion of different joints. This includes different types of manual therapy, exercises, and a range of other modalities. 
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): Psychological treatment that strives to change thinking and behavioral patterns
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT): Involves breathing 100% pure oxygen in a room known as an HBOT suite to increase oxygen levels in the body up to 20 times higher than average to improve cognitive, physical, and psychological performance

Read more about the common post-concussion syndrome (PCS) treatment options. 

How Does the Brain Recover from a Concussion?

The brain is a powerful organ with self-healing mechanisms. The key is finding the right treatment program to give the brain the delicate push it needs to unleash its potential. 

The right medical expertise and protocol can help: 

  • Encourage neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to adapt and react in response to injury or disease
  • Drive neurogenesis, or nerve cell regeneration that occurs in the brain
  • Increase blood flow and oxygen in the parts of the brain associated with executive function, vision, sensation, and other responses

How Long Does It Take To Recover? 

Most patients at Aviv see progress within about 8-12 weeks of the start of their treatment plan. But the recovery period varies depending on the condition’s severity and the patient’s health background, lifestyle, and other factors.

The best treatment plan will offer lasting results. Even if you have post-concussion symptoms years after an accident, there is still hope for recovery. 

Aviv Clinic’s Unique Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Protocol

At Aviv Clinics Dubai brought to you by DP World, our team proudly executes a highly-advanced HBOT and rehabilitation program backed by research and data. We take a holistic approach to healing. Our unique HBOT protocol involves specific, personalized fluctuations of oxygen levels in the suite to kick-start the body’s recovery process.

“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be successful because it addresses the cause of the symptoms, not just the symptoms alone. In combination with cognitive, physical, and nutritional coaching, some HBOT protocols can be very effective.” —Dr. Mohammed Elamir, MD, FACP

A Personal Story of Healing through Aviv Clinics

Using HBOT to address TBIs and concussions has proven to enhance our patients’ vitality, health, and confidence to live their best lives.

Learn about Corey Black’s journey of recovery after sports-related injuries:

Invest in Your Health with the Aviv Medical Program

Good health allows you to focus on the essential areas of your life. The time to invest in your health is now, and the Aviv Medical Program will be with you every step of the way. Contact our team to find out how our treatment plans can benefit you.


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