Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Chances of Full Return to Health
In the aftermath of any bump or blow to the head, it’s critical that you take the appropriate measures to allow your body and your brain to heal. Though full recovery from even a mild TBI can take time, there are things that you can do to both accelerate the process and ensure that your condition doesn’t deteriorate.
Strategies for a Positive Recovery from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
With any type of head injury, you should seek treatment from an experienced medical professional, whether you visit an urgent care facility, a hospital emergency room or schedule a visit with your primary care doctor. Your personal physician can conduct the necessary assessment and either treat you or refer you to the appropriate specialist. Here are some things, though, that you can do to enhance your likelihood of a full recovery:
- Give your brain a rest—In the hours and days following a mild TBI, your brain is working overtime to heal itself. Don’t use those precious resources for tasks that can wait until you are better. If possible, avoid books, screens (TV or smartphone), driving or other activities that require significant brain power.
- Give your body a rest—Sleep is the ideal state to allow your brain to rest. Be willing to sleep more than you normally do.
- Drink lots of water—Your brain needs water to heal itself. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water—but avoid alcohol, as it contains certain toxins that interfere with your brain’s healing mechanisms.
- Get some exercise, but keep it light—The best form of physical exercise after a concussion or TBI is walking. It’ll get your blood flowing, but won’t put unnecessary stress on your brain.
- Pay attention to what you eat—Foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids are also good for your brain. That includes most seafoods, nuts and seeds, as well plant oils and fortified dairy products.
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At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer any type of concussion, TBI or traumatic brain injury. Call us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio.