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Concussion treatment: Following doctors' orders is a must

A concussion can impact your life in a number of ways. This is particularly true if you ignore the advice of your medical team.

No two people are exactly the same, so you should never assume that "standard treatment" for your injury will be enough to help you overcome it.

Diagnosis and observation

If you have any reason to believe you have a concussion, you should immediately seek medical attention. An example of this would be after a motor vehicle accident in which you struck your head on the steering wheel or window.

An experienced medical team can order the necessary imaging tests to better understand the extent of your injury.

If it's found that you have a concussion, overnight observation may be necessary. This gives medical professionals the opportunity to keep a close eye on your symptoms, ensuring that they don't worsen in the hours to come.

If your doctor discharges you to go home the same day, someone should stay near you for a minimum of 24 hours to ensure that your symptoms don't worsen.

Treatment for a concussion

The primary treatment strategy for a concussion is rest, as this gives your brain time to recover. This means you should avoid mental and physical activities during the recovery stage in order to prevent additional damage.

Your medical team can provide advice on the type of activity most likely to worsen your symptoms, such as using a computer or cellphone, doing school work, watching television and playing video games.

As your symptoms lessen, you can stay in close contact with your doctor for a better idea of when it's okay to resume normal activity.

Your medical team may prescribe a pain reliever for headaches and any other symptoms that cause discomfort.

Even though most people are able to make full recoveries from concussions, it doesn't mean you should take this injury lightly. Anything that harms your brain, even if only for a short period of time, deserves your full attention.

Once you receive treatment and better understand your convalescence, it's in your best interest to learn more about the accident. Not only can this help you avoid a similar situation in the future, but it will also allow you to protect your legal rights by holding the negligent party responsible.

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