Posted by Nina Corin, DCoE Public Affairs on May 13, 2016
Experts from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs provided an overview of a new clinical recommendation for headaches associated with concussion during a recent Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury webinar.
Headache is the most common symptom of concussion. Other symptoms include sleep disturbances, dizziness, confusion, nausea or vomiting, blurred vision, sensitivity to light or sound, memory problems, and behavior and mood changes.
Between 2000 and 2015, more than 344,000 service members experienced a traumatic brain injury. Approximately 82 percent of these injuries were classified as concussion. In a study of veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, 74 percent reported post-traumatic headaches within 30 days of a concussion.