How to Maximize Your Health in the Immediate Aftermath of a Head Injury
When you have suffered any type of bump or blow to your head, or have sustained any type of injury involving the violent snapping back and forth of your neck or head, the chances are great that you’ll have a concussion. There’s good news—the majority of people who have a concussion make a full recovery, and most are back to normal within a couple weeks. However, it’s critical that you take certain measure in the hours, days and weeks following a head injury, but to minimize your discomfort, but also to minimize the risk of complications.
- Step #1—Seek medical attention—In most instances (unless it’s clear that you need to go immediately to the hospital emergency room), the best thing to do right after any head injury is to get in to your primary care physician as soon as possible. Your doctor will have the tools to conduct a thorough examination and assessment, and can either prescribe treatment or refer you to a specialist, such as a physiatrist or neurologist.
- Step #2—Take a break from your normal routine—One of the essential responses to any head injury is rest. Get plenty of sleep and be willing to stay home and take it easy.
- Step #3—Avoid strenuous physical activity—If you regularly participate in any type of recreational sports or any physically taxing hobby, take a few days off. Your brain is highly susceptible to further injury in the days and weeks immediately following any type of trauma.
- Step#4—Pay attention to what you eat and drink—Avoid junk foods and focus on brain-healthy foods, such as leafy greens, nuts and seeds, soybeans and berries. Get plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol.
- Step #5—Anticipate and deal with nausea—It’s fairly common to experience nausea after any type of head injury. Antacids may help, but ginger-based products can also offer relief.
- Step #6—Don’t turn on any screens—Your eyes will likely be sensitive to light. In addition, focusing on a screen may put an unnecessary strain on your brain.
- Step #7—Be diligent—Most people recover fully from a concussion, but it typically takes time.
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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.