Treatment for a concussion includes rest and close observation. It is very important that a person with a concussion does not return to sports activities, or situations in which further head injury may occur, until symptoms resolve. In addition, a person who has lost consciousness at the time of the injury must rest, even if symptoms have resolved.
In addition to physical rest, those with concussions require cognitive rest, which involves resting the brain. The person should avoid challenging mental tasks until symptoms resolve. Treatment may also include acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
Treatment for head injuries may include:
Concussion Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a concussion.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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