Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Chances of a Better Outcome
Statistics indicate that as many as four million Americans seek medical care every year for treatment of a concussion. About four of every five people are able to return to the normal activities of life within 14 days. There are, however, specific steps that you can take to help ensure minimal consequences after a concussion.
Schedule an Appointment Immediately with Your Primary Care Doctor
When you’ve had any bump or blow to the head, the sooner you get checked out, the better. The best place to start is your primary care physician, who can conduct a thorough assessment and either prescribe a course of action or refer you to a specialist, such as a neurologist or physiatrist.
Minimize Your Exposure to Illuminated Screens
The way that television and device screens deliver images can be really taxing on your brain. In the aftermath of a concussion, you should avoid looking at a screen, if at all possible, for at least 48 hours (or until your primary doctor clears you).
Avoid Situations Where There Will Be Bright Lights or Loud Noises
You can expect, after a concussion, that you’ll have acute sensitivity to sound and light. Stay away from fluorescent light, if possible, and shun large crowds or events with amplified sound.
Make Certain You Take In Plenty of Fluids
A number of studies have suggested a link between your level of hydration and your recovery time after a concussion. Plan to drink a lot of water as you recover.
Emphasize Protein in Your Diet
Recent studies have shown that people who take in more protein after a concussion have a better recovery rate.
Don’t Do Things that Require Unnecessary Movement of Your Head or Neck
After a concussion, there’s a good chance that you’ll have some swelling or inflammation, as well as injury to brain cells. Extended or rapid movement of your head and neck may interfere with the body’s natural healing process.
Contact Us to Set Up an Appointment
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.