Concussion Management

The goal of concussion management is to get patients back to their previous level of activity as soon as possible and as safely as possible.

Once you’ve been diagnosed with a concussion from your doctor, the initial recovery process involves little stimulation. This includes remaining quiet and avoiding mental activity. Whether it is video games, television, computers, texting, or reading, these activities can worsen concussion symptoms.

After a few days of rest, patients can ease their way back into activity slowly. Slow walks and stationary biking are low-impact activities that can be performed. The patient should not do anything involving jumping up and down, including running.

The long-term recovery plan requires patients to maintain a normal, regular and relaxed schedule. Patients should get 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night and also avoid napping, as it interferes with the body’s cycle. A good diet will help with healing, and if possible, patients should avoid stressful situations.

The ability to work may be compromised after someone has endured a concussion. If patients work in a busy or noisy environment, they may need to talk to their employer about a change of environment.

A large number of children have problems with school, memory, concentration and being in a busy environment. Their doctor may recommend school accommodations. This may involve avoiding loud places (such as the cafeteria and  gymnasium) and having a friend take notes.

40 percent of patients recover from concussion in one week, and most recover within two weeks. There is no need to believe you can’t return to your previous level of activity prior to when the concussion occurred.