How to Recover from a Concussion
There are many myths and confusion about how to care for your brain after you experience a concussion.
Many people don’t realize the severity of even a mild concussion and that they can be caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head or body.
Not all concussions are suffered by athletes while playing sports. Falls and accidents can cause them, too. All concussions are serious injuries that can have severe repercussions if not managed properly. Proper care during the first 7 – 10 days is crucial to ensure optimal recovery.
Immediately following the Concussion Injury
Two to three hours following the incident you should remain awake and be monitored.
You should NOT DRIVE or be left alone.
You can now sleep for 2-3 hour increments.
Someone should wake you every 3 hours, and ask simple questions to ensure that a more serious brain injury hasn’t occurred.
If you feel fine following the incident but notice any of the following symptom, you should seek emergency care as soon as possible:
Rapid deterioration of symptoms
Severe headache with sudden onset • Slurring
Inability to be woken up
Think of a concussion like any other injury such as a sprained ankle or a broken arm. What would you normally do to manage those types of injuries? Rest!
The problem is that we don’t always know what it means to ‘rest’ our brain. If you go right back to work or school, or resume any physical or mental activity, it’s as though you are going for a run on a sprained ankle, which is not conducive to healing. Remember the brain needs a LOT of energy to heal.
There is a 30-day window following the incident in […]