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Recovering at Home from a Concussion

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A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the head and brain move quickly back and forth, causing the brain cells to stretch, twist or contort; and sometimes to hit the wall of the skull and swell. It typically happens after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. While every concussion is different, and the time it will take to fully recover varies, there are steps anyone can take to ease recovery after a concussion.

Most likely, even after seeking medical attention, doctors will send a person home after a concussion. However, a doctor will probably advise the patient to seek additional treatment if their condition worsens or they develop new symptoms. Some issues to watch out for include:

  • A persistent headache
  • Trouble remembering details, paying attention, concentrating, organizing daily tasks, solving problems, or making decisions
  • Being slow to react, think, read, or speak
  • Change in appetite
  • Changes in touch, smell or taste
  • Lethargy
  • Change in sleeping patterns
  • Loss of balance
  • A ringing in the ears
  • Seizures

To prevent these symptoms from occurring, it is important that both the mind and the body are properly taken care of. Those suffering from a concussion should try to get as much sleep as possible and eat light foods. They should also not drive a vehicle or ride a bicycle, drink alcohol, take pain medication, sleeping pills, or muscle relaxants unless prescribed by a doctor, or take recreational drugs.

In addition, those suffering from a concussion should limit daily activities like work, school, and housework. They should avoid multitasking, making big decisions, and participating in any activity that requires excessive thought.

Concussions can be serious.  While many realize it is important for the body to get a lot of rest after a concussion, the brain needs rest as well. Taking the time needed to ensure the entire body receives the care it needs not only helps ensure full recovery but also as quick a recovery as possible. A capable personal injury attorney could help individuals hold the responsible party accountable so that the accident victims could focus on recovery.