What to do after a concussion injury
Here at MG Law, we hope you never have to deal with the effects of mild traumatic brain injury or as its more popularly known, concussion. Unfortunately, accidents happen. From car accidents to slips and falls, getting struck on the head to suffering strong bodily contact during sports like hockey, anybody can suffer a concussion at any time.
We understand concussions create an overwhelming set of hurdles to navigate following an accident. That’s why we want to assist you in your recovery. In the spirit of helping, we have prepared a list of do’s and don’ts following a concussion.
POST-CONCUSSION: THE DO’S
- Visit your doctor or nurse
First and foremost, see your doctor or nurse. Modern diagnosis allows practitioners to grade your concussion as mild, moderate or severe quicker than ever before.
- Get physical and mental rest
Getting full, uninterrupted sleep at night and sufficient rest throughout the day is imperative. Concussions mean your brain has less energy to spare than previously. That’s why conservation of your energy is key. Nobody should be immediately returning to work, class or anywhere else requiring high levels of concentration following an accident.
- Manage stress
Managing stress is key too. Distress happens in life but by staying away from upset and worry in the aftermath of your accident, this can speed up your post-concussion recovery. Doing things that make you feel calm can help.
POST-CONCUSSION: THE DONT’S
- Engage in physical activities
It’s very important to return to physical everyday activities slowly since they may cause overstimulation of the brain. This means things like driving, going to work, or attending school. After a concussion, it’s vital to avoid excessive activities like sport. Ultimately, your practitioner can inform you about suitable timeframes to enjoy these activities again.
- Use electronic devices
Electronic devices may cause overstimulation of the brain too. Therefore, they should be used in sparingly. Whether you’re blogging on your laptop, watching TV or even reading a book, revisiting everyday habits too soon could see old symptoms reoccur.
- Consume alcohol or pain relievers
It goes without saying that alcohol consumption is prohibited. But did you know pain relievers are too? Things like aspirin or ibuprofen can exacerbate the risk of bleeding. Only take practitioner approved medication instead.
No ordinary law firm, MG Law is committed to going the extra mile for every single one of our clients. Extending our personalized support beyond the courtroom, we can provide a rehabilitation referral or even visit you in hospital. We hope you never have to contact us about a concussion but if you do, we are here for you.