Treatment for Concussion

All treatments for concussion must be done in a hospital and cannot be carried out at home. Concussions treatment may demand that the victim whether child or adult stay away from any strenuous activity or sports until the injury has completely healed. Your doctor will be able to inform you about when normal routines and activities can be resumed.

Depending on the severity of the symptoms, this rest period could last between one to three months or even longer.  It is important that you follow your doctor’s recommendations as concussions can turn chronic and result in further brain damage and health problems. Activities such as playing sports or driving a car will need an “all clear” from your doctor before you can resume them.

Treatment for a concussion may include:

  • Painkillers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) for a headache
  • Eating small and light meals to reduce nausea and vomiting
  • Avoiding any form of strenuous exercise or lifting heavy weights
  • There is generally no need for bed rest unless the symptoms become severe
  • Avoid drinking
  • Make sure the patient is not alone and is under observation for the first 24 hours after the injury
  • If the patient is sleeping, he needs to woken up every two hours and asked a series of simple questions to check for changes in consciousness

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