Types of Concussions:

Understanding the symptoms associated with different parts of the brain

Here we discuss the lobes of the brain and their specific functions, as well as the symptoms we commonly see when affected by post-concussion syndrome. Please note that many people have symptoms associated with more than one brain region.

Frontal Lobe

Controls the emotional brain.

With post-concussion symptoms a person may experience:

  • May appear to not care
  • Might “give up”
  • Be Angry, Compulsive, Cry
  • Executive Functions – meaning they cant explain what’s happening to them
  • Zone Out

Parietal Lobe

Tells us information about our own body and where it is in space.

With post-concussion symptoms a person may experience:

  • Difficulty explaining the odd feelings they have in their body.
  • Spatially disoriented world; often times bumps into things.
  • Their world feels out of balance.

Temporal Lobe

Associates with emotions, imagination, memory and smell.

With post-concussion symptoms, a person may experience:

  • Changes in short or long term memory
  • Changes in emotion
  • Difficulty processing conversations
  • Hallucinations (they may smell, taste, see or feel things that aren’t there)

Often times the person suffering from these symptoms is afraid to share what they are going through. They are afraid people will think they are crazy.

Occipital Lobe

Visual processing center.

With post-concussion symptoms, a person may experience:

  • Visual disturbances
  • Double vision / Blurred Vision
  • Loss of vision
  • Bothered by flashing lights
  • Loss of visual processing (sees objects but don’t know what they are any more)

*Doctors will check the eyes and say “everything is fine.” But the patients symptoms are coming from the visual processing center. So the visual disturbances are brain based, not an eye problem.


Balance and Coordination Center

With post-concussion symptoms, a person may experience:

  • Clumsiness

  • Weakness

  • Lack of Coordination

  • Speech and or Swallowing Problems

  • Nausea

  • Repetitive Ankle Sprains

  • Poor Balance

  • Double or Blurry Vision

  • Nystagmus

Upper Brain Stem

Sends dopamine to the whole brain and makes you happy. It also filters light and sound.

With post-concussion symptoms, a person may experience:

  • Tremors / Muscle Spasms
  • Light & Sound sensitivity
  • Become Impulsive
  • Hypervigilant / Controlling
  • Snappy / Violent
  • OCD
  • Anxious
  • Emotional Outbursts

Lower Brain Stem

Controls heart rate & blood pressure, anxiety center and nausea center.

With post-concussion symptoms, a person may experience:

  • Light Headed
  • Heart Racing
  • Sweats
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Drop Attacks (heart rate goes very low)
  • Digestive Issues

Most people with concussions have already seen several specialists.

They’ve done the MRI’s, taken the prescribed medications and rested. They have done the concussion protocols and rehab therapies.

So Why Do The Symptoms Remain or More Commonly Get Worse?

Because every person with a brain injury is unique and requires an individualized treatment plan.


  • VNG – Diagnostic tool that gives insight into the brain & inner ear.
  • Evaluation – Muscle, tendon, ligament, joint, fascia, nerve & organs
  • CAPs Test – Helps to identify different balance disorders.


We provide neurological treatments utilizing a brain-based model of chiropractic care. Our Healthy Brain Now™️ treatment is customized based on your specific needs and exam findings.

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