How is a concussion treated?
For the first 24-48 hours after injury, it is recommended that another adult monitor for any of the warning signs or symptoms listed in the question above.
Additionally, it is recommended that you:
- Avoid strenuous physical (e.g. return to sports) and mental activity (e.g. texting, spending time on the computer, reading) for the first few days after injury
- Do not drive until your doctor says it is safe to do so
- Do not drink alcohol, take sleeping pills or recreational drugs
- Talk to your doctor about taking acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) for pain relief of headaches
Common symptoms usually resolve in several weeks to 3 months. The following may assist in your recovery:
- Ensuring you get a proper sleep and physical and mental rest
- Do not drive or operate machinery until your concentration improves
- Do not drink alcohol or take drugs
- Use only medication prescribed by your doctor
- If you have problems at work or school, speak to your doctor, employer or teacher(s) to let them know; you may need to gradually return to school or work
- Talk to your doctor to develop a plan to gradually increase activity (e.g. work, school, exercise, sports)
- Talk to your doctor if you are having difficulty coping or your mood is affecting your relationships
Source: Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury & Persistent Symptoms, Second Edition, For Adults (18+ years of age) - Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation www.onf.org