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By Mark Christensen, MD
on April 13, 2021
It is well documented in the literature that early diagnosis and intervention of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) can lead to shorter recovery time.1 While mTBI/concussion is not life threatening and the majority (70–80%) of children with mTBI recover within one to three months without difficulty, some have persistent concussion symptoms lasting longer than three months,2 which may affect academic, cognitive and emotional functioning.3

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), commonly defined as "a blow or shaking to the head or a penetrating brain injury that disrupts the function of the brain," is a largely unrecognized public health problem and has long been referred to as the “silent epidemic.”1 Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), including concussion, is the least severe TBI and the most challenging to diagnose due to little or no visible signs of injury, reliance on self-report of symptoms, the rapid resolution of signs and symptoms, and the absence of objective evidence of a concussion on CT imaging (head CT scans do not detect concussions).2