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Recovery From Concussion

Medically reviewed by Dr. Loeb
Medically reviewed by Dr. Loeb

Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that cause temporary disruptions in brain function. This might happen as a result of a head injury or when the head and body are severely shaken. They are frequently caused by sports injuries, but they can also be caused by vehicle accidents, falls, or any other occurrence that results in a quick movement or force on the head.

General symptoms are:

  • Headache.
  • Nausea.
  • Dizziness.
  • Concentration is difficult.
  • The mood shifts.

If you believe you or someone you know has had a concussion, get medical assistance immediately. There is no one-size-fits-all therapy for the disease, although most individuals require some rest and healing time.

With the proper care, most people make a full recovery. Read on to learn more about treatment and recovery. We will answer the main question of how long to recover from a concussion, how to do it correctly, and what rules you must follow.

 

Stages Of Concussion Recovery

Stages of concussion recovery

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), concussions account for about 2.5 million emergency room visits annually in the United States. While you are getting injured, it is also essential to understand the stages of the disease. This is critical since when determining the correct phase of the disease or its treatment, it is necessary to select the proper medication and methods to facilitate the course of the disease.

Although they are often considered sports-related injuries, they can occur in any condition, from car accidents to home falls. There are three main stages of recovery.

 

Stage 1: Acute Symptomatic Stage

This stage can last from minutes to days and even weeks.

At this stage, your doctor will likely recommend avoiding activities that could put you at risk for another trauma, such as contact sports. If your symptoms do not improve within a week, your doctor may recommend additional treatment.

 

Stage 2: Recovery Stage

This stage can last from days to weeks and is characterized by the disappearance of symptoms.

During this stage, your symptoms should gradually improve. If you are still experiencing symptoms after a week, your doctor may recommend physical therapy or other treatments to help you recover.

Most people with this condition recover within a few weeks, but some may experience symptoms for longer. If you or your child has been diagnosed with a concussion, it is vital to get plenty of rest for the best treatment. It would be best if you also avoid activities that could put you at risk for another injury.

 

Stage 3: Recovered Stage

You have now fully recovered from your concussion and can return to all of your normal activities. If you experience any symptoms during this stage, contact your doctor. All symptoms should disappear during this stage. 

At this stage, it is vital to gradually return to the normal rhythm of life; you can add a little sport and active movements. However, you should never forget that your body may not fully recover, so always be careful.

 

How To Help The Body Recover Faster

For a person to quickly and successfully recover from a concussion, long stages of recovery should be followed. To do this, you must follow many rules and maintain a state of health at a certain level. More about this in the following blocks.

After all, your recovery depends on how correctly you will deal with your body’s recovery and how honestly and accurately you will follow all the rules and instructions of the doctor. We have collected the most popular and working options on how to help your body recover as efficiently and quickly as possible. More on this below.

How to help the body recover faster

Have a Rest

Rest is essential for recovery from a concussion. It gives your brain time to recover. Avoid physical activity and mentally demanding tasks until you feel better. Most people need more sleep than usual for the first week after trauma. A good night’s sleep helps your brain heal.

 

Listen to Music Not So Loud

Too much noise can make symptoms worse. Please, listen to music at a low volume or use headphones. Always take care of your hearing and ears even if you don’t have this condition.

 

Eat Foods With Plenty Of Antioxidants And Omega 3s

Foods like salmon, blueberries, and spinach contain antioxidants and omega 3s. These nutrients help support brain health. Forget about cheesecakes, hamburgers, and beer. Now your best friends are fiber in vegetables, protein in meat and fish, and slow carbohydrates in cereal.

 

Drink a Lot Of Water

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Dehydration can make symptoms worse. To avoid it, increase fluids. Drink lots of water and other clear liquids like broth or decaffeinated tea. Avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and soda.

 

Avoid Sudden Movements And Turns of the Head

A concussion can cause your brain to be injured. To prevent this from happening, avoid sudden movements or turns of the head.

Be sure to keep your head and neck still when you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose. These activities can strain your neck muscles and increase the risk of further injury.

 

Follow All Doctor’s Orders

Talk to Your Doctor. This disease can have long-term effects. Follow up with your doctor to ensure you are on the right track to recovery.

 

Limit Caffeine And Alcohol

Drinking caffeine and alcohol can delay recovery from a concussion. Try to consume less of these drinks and drink more water. 

 

Reduce Screen Time

Limit time spent on electronics such as:

  • Computers.
  • Tablets.
  • Phones.
  • Video games. 

Taking long breaks between gaming sessions, watching movies, or other activities with your electronic devices is also very important.

 

Avoid Bright Light

Stay in a quiet, dim, or dark room. You may want to wear sunglasses.

 

You can read about Concussion Do’s and Don’ts more detailed in our other article.

 

How to Treat a Concussion

This severe injury can have long-lasting effects if not treated properly. If you or someone you know has suffered a concussion, it is crucial to seek medical attention and follow the doctor’s instructions. 

However, there are practical tips on relieving pain, symptoms, and feeling better after getting a concussion. These techniques are primarily free and relatively easy to implement at home.

So, let’s move on to them, make your condition more manageable, and speed up the treatment.

How to treat a concussion

Important Note! Although these techniques can be practiced at home, you still need to consult with your healthcare provider. Only he can prescribe the proper treatment and exclude all activities that can harm you.

 

Physical and Mental Relaxation

It is important to physically and mentally relax as part of the recovery process from a concussion. Avoid any activities that could put unnecessary stress on your body or mind. This includes things like:

  • Working out.
  • Studying for exams.
  • Spending time on social media.

 

TIP. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths and try to focus on positive thoughts. Once you feel more relaxed, you can resume your normal activities.

 

Getting plenty of sleep and rest is crucial for recovery from a concussion. Most people need around 8 hours of sleep per night, but you may need more or less depending on how you feel. Taking breaks during the day is also important to rest your brain.

 

Go About Your Daily Routine

Sticking to your normal routine as much as possible after sustaining a concussion is important. This includes things like:

  • Going to school or work.
  • Spending time with family and friends.

Doing your usual activities will help you feel more like yourself and speed up recovery.

 

Socialization Is Vital

If you feel overwhelmed or anxious after sustaining a concussion, talk to someone who can help. This could be a friend, family member, therapist, or doctor. Talking about how you are feeling can help reduce stress and promote healing.

 

Relief Of Pain Syndrome

Some treatments can help relieve the symptoms of a concussion. These include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Ice packs.
  • Physical therapy.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms, your doctor may prescribe stronger medication.

It is essential to follow up with your doctor after sustaining a concussion. They will be able to monitor your recovery and give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

 

Bottom Line 

If you or your family have a concussion, recovery is possible with only the proper steps. Our simple tips will help you recover quickly and tell you what treatment steps are available.

You should consider only reliable services to get the most effective and affordable medical care. You can use the special contact button to make an appointment with a doctor. After that, you will need to wait for feedback and follow the instructions that will be provided to you by the manager.

 

FAQs 

  • Can the brain heal after a concussion?

Yes, your brain can be absolutely healed after the disease. But it can take some time to do it. As a result, you can still experience some symptoms after the recovery.

  • What happens if you don’t rest after a concussion?

It can lead to altered mental states, such as confusion or unusual change in alertness. Fluid buildup in the brain may cause headaches, nausea, and vision problems.

  • How long does it take for a concussion to heal?

Approximately 80 percent of concussions resolve over seven to 14 days, with an average of 10 days. People with concussions should never return to sports or other physical activity sooner than one week from sustaining the injury.

  • Why am I so tired after a mild concussion?

After a concussion, your brain has less energy to spare than it usually does. Everything now takes up a little more energy than before. This can make you feel tired and lose energy. This is called fatigue.

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Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
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Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
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Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
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It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
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Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
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16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
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21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
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16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
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03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
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03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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