Although most people recover fully 7-10 days after a concussion, there are some that last much longer, and how quickly those patients improve is at times directly correlated to how they take care of themselves after the injury.
Andrew Carlson, MS, ATC, offers some helpful tips to follow after concussion:
1. Get plenty of sleep at night, and rest during the day - no late nights!
2. Avoid activities that require a lot of concentration, or are mentally/emotionally stressful
2. Avoid activities that are physically demandings/increase heart rate and energy consumption
4. Driving could be hazardous depending on the severity of injury, as your reaction time is slower. Please consult your MD regarding when it is safe to drive a car, ride a bike, or operate equipment.
5. Consider returning to work/school gradually. Begin with 1/2 days, and slowly work towards a full day.
6. Adults - No Alcohol!
7. Kids - No Video Games!
8. Avoid anything that will increase your sensatory system, i.e. loud music, reading, television, texting, being around many people, bright lights, etc.
9. Mental and physical rest is challenging in today's work, but essential for the brain's recovery.
After your concussion it may be a good idea to let your employers, teachers, family and friends, know exactly what happened. You may rely on them to make accommodations, and they may then also understand any challenges you may be facing and be more patient with you through this time.
Lastly, as with any injury, if symptoms continue to linger, please let your MD know and they can direct you with the appropriate care.
MDs that may be able to assist with concussion:
Louisville Area - Dr. Tad Seifert, Norton Healthcare
Lexington Area - Dr. James Jagger, University of Kentucky