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Concussion Do’s and Don’ts

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Medically reviewed by Dr. Shukla

Each of us knows that proper care after the trauma is vital. But sometimes, it’s hard to follow all the doctor’s recommendations for recovery. But you are sure it’s not about you. You’ve got a concussion but don’t know what you can do and what you should avoid? It’s not a problem.

Regarding this condition, much information is floating around on things to do while you have a concussion. But where can you find accurate information? This blog post will explore the latest research on condition care and provide some tips for patients. Keep reading to learn more!

 

What You Should Do After Concussion

If you have recently suffered a disease, you must take the necessary steps to ensure proper healing. After an incident, it is important to take the right steps, as it directly affects how your treatment and your general well-being will be:

  • Therefore, first of all, you should stop moving, sit down as you feel comfortable or the environment allows, and check your head for injuries. 
  • If you are having trouble with coordination, try to take a position so that you can relax your neck and body. Try not to close your eyes so as not to lose consciousness.
  • Call 911 and wait for help. 
  • If you are close to home, you can go there if you are able. It is also recommended to drink water in and avoid loads on the body.

As for what you should do during treatment, here are some activities you can do with a concussion to speed up your recovery.

What you should do after concussion

Have a Rest

When you’ve damaged your head, your brain works hard to heal. This means that you need to rest your body and mind. Physical activity can make symptoms worse and prolong healing time. So the best thing for a concussion treatment can be to take it easy for a few days. Remember, no strenuous and mental activity. 

 

Sleep a Lot

Like your body, your brain needs time to heal after a concussion. Getting rest is crucial. You may need to sleep more than usual for the first week.

 

Drink a Lot Of  Water

Another good thing to do with a concussion is to drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated is important for all aspects of health. Drinking lots of water helps your brain function at its best and speeds up recovery time.

 

Keep Diet

Eat Healthy Foods. Eating a nutritious diet helps your body recover from injuries, including concussions. Focus on eating plenty of: 

  • Fruits.
  • Vegetables.
  • Whole grains.

Use Computer Or Phone Less

Screen time can make symptoms worse. If you need to use a computer or phone, limit your use to 20 minutes at a time and take breaks every 20 minutes.

 

Do Brain Exercises

You can help your brain recover by doing exercises that improve cognitive function. These activities help retrain your brain and improve your thinking skills.

Some examples of cognitive exercises include:

  • Doing puzzles.
  • Playing memory games.
  • Doing crosswords or Sudoku.
  • Practising mindful meditation. 
  • Taking online brain training courses.

Take Care About Mental Health

Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed after a concussion is common. Consult your doctor or a mental health expert if you are stressed. They can assist you in managing your symptoms and returning to your normal life.

 

N.B. What to do for possible concussion? You should sit, call 911, describe the situation and wait for the doctor. If you have water, drink small portions of it.

 

What not to Do When Concussed

What not to do when concussed

Our brain is the most important organ, so we must take care of it properly. You must listen to your body:

  • If you feel you are tired, it is better to refrain from strong activity and rest more. 
  • If, on the contrary, you feel that you have more strength and you are less tired, you can gradually increase your daily activity.

All these steps are very important during the treatment after an injury. But as regards what you should and shouldn’t do after the concussion, you need to avoid strenuous activity, and take it easy for a while. But you shouldn’t just lounge around all day – that’s not good for your brain either. So what should you do after a concussion? Follow these tips to ensure you’re taking care of yourself properly. 

Be sure that these tips will definitely help you and you will soon be able to play basketball, rock climb or run in the morning again.

 

Drive Or Ride a Bike

You shouldn’t drive or ride a bike until your doctor says it’s okay. This is because a concussion can affect your ability to make split-second decisions and react quickly.

 

Drink Alcohol Or Energy Drinks

Many people ask, Can I drink with a concussion?’. The answer is simple. Limit Alcohol and Caffeine. They interfere with sleep, which is essential for recovery. Avoiding them will help you get the rest you need.

 

Use Drugs

Avoid using drugs while you’re recovering from a concussion. Medicines can interact with medications and make symptoms worse. They can also interfere with sleep, which is essential for recovery.

 

Do Heavy Household Chores

If possible, avoid activities that involve the head and neck. They can cause you to damage your health again.

 

Avoid Activities At All

Also, do not engage in activities that require a lot of concentration and use of the mind. This includes work and study. If you are forced to do this, try to take plenty of breaks and stop if the symptoms recur.

Also, avoid sports where you have to contact other people. This is because you can get injured again.

 

Avoid Sugar And Reduce Dairy Products

Sugar and dairy products can also increase mucus production and worsen concussion symptoms. Try to avoid these foods while you’re recovering.

 

Let Your Caregivers Do Everything For You

Wonder what else you can do after a concussion? Now you can do nothing. Let your caregivers do everything for you while recovering from a concussion. This will help you rest and avoid activities that could make symptoms worse.

 

You can read about other disorders in our Lone Star blog.

 

Bottom Line

Individuals who suffer from a concussion or fear they have one, should seek medical attention as soon as possible. This may assist in reducing brain damage. To contact the specialist and get help, use the contact button and fulfill the necessary information here.

 

FAQs 

  • What activities are OK with a concussion?

You can do calm activities, such as talking to family and friends, reading, drawing, or playing a quiet game. If symptoms interfere with activity, take a break from it.

  • What helps a concussion heal faster?

The next things can help:

  • Reduce screen time.
  • Limit exposure to bright lights and loud sounds.
  • Avoid unnecessary movement of your head and neck.
  • Stay hydrated and rest.
  • Eat more protein and foods rich in omega-3s.
  • What happens if you don’t rest after a concussion?

If you don’t rest after a concussion, it can cause headaches, nausea, and vision problems.

  • How quickly can you recover from a stroke?

The most rapid recovery occurs during the first three to four months after a stroke. Still, some survivors continue to recover well into the first and second years after their stroke. Some signs point to physical therapy.

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