Every year, millions of people around the country sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Fortunately, most of these are concussions, which is a mild form of TBI.
The effects of a concussion are usually temporary, but since symptoms can last for several weeks—or longer—it’s important to know how best to facilitate the healing process. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the most common symptoms include:
- Trouble concentrating; and
- Sleep problems.
The duration and severity of your symptoms will depend on a variety of factors. Regardless of whether you sustained a mild or moderate TBI, though, the costs associated with treating it can add up fast. In addition to incurring direct costs like medical expenses, you may have to miss work while recovering, and the loss of income can put your financial security in jeopardy.
If you can prove someone else was responsible for the accident that led to the concussion, though, you may be able to recover compensation for all such damages. To determine if you have grounds for a claim, contact The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny.
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Let’s explore the standard treatment for a concussion so you know what to expect while recovering:
Rest and Relaxation
Traumatic brain injuries are inherently complicated, and since every TBI is different, there’s no single way to treat them. This is why it’s so important to visit a doctor for a thorough medical evaluation. If you are diagnosed with a concussion, your doctor will most likely recommend rest and relaxation.
Physicians advise patients who have sustained minor TBIs to rest both physically and mentally. In other words, they encourage them to stay home from school or work, avoid physical exertion, and limit activities that are mentally stimulating such as reading and using digital devices.
As your symptoms improve, you can increase activity levels gradually. For example, you may be able to work part-time or attend a portion of your classes. Upon returning to work or school, though, it’s important to take frequent breaks during the day and to maintain a reduced workload.
Any physical activity that you add to your daily routine should be fairly light. Otherwise, your symptoms may worsen from the exertion.
Once your symptoms have dissipated, your doctor will discuss the steps you must take to resume your normal activities. If you play contact sports, for example, you may have to take certain precautions to prevent future concussions.
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