September 01, 2017 @ 12:00am

Initial Treatment

Every person suspected of having a concussion should be evaluated by a licensed medical provider. 

 


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After being assessed, the main treatment for concussion is REST, both physical and mental.  Attempting to carry out one’s normal activities while concussed will likely only prolong symptoms and slow recovery.  The concussed should not be allowed to operate a motor vehicle.

 

Activities that your provider may have you avoid while symptomatic include but are not limited to:

  • any physical activity
  • strenuous school or work related activities
  • use of a computer, tablet or cell phone
  • reading or studying
  • text messaging
  • television watching or video gaming

 

Any other activities that exacerbate symptoms should also be decreased or eliminated all together until the concussed is cleared to reintroduce the activity by his/her licensed medical provider.

 

Once no symptoms are present at rest, brief periods of reading, focusing and abbreviated school or work related activities may be better tolerated.  Once the concussed can tolerate a full day of school/work, light intensity, low impact walking may be attempted.

 

Pain Relief Suggestions

  • Cold packs
  • If pain medication is necessary, consult with your Primary Care Provider.
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be advisable.
    • Use of anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin are not recommended for use when a concussion is suspected because of the possibility of the drugs masking concussion symptoms.

 

If there is any doubt as to the severity of the injury, please seek an evaluation by a medical provider. If this injury is sustained during a high school provider you may be evaluated by a licensed athletic trainer and referred to a provider if deemed appropriate.

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