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What is a concussion, preventative methods, how to identify signs and symptoms of a concussion, types of treatments, the path to recovery, and breaking the barriers of miss diagnoses.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury and it's critical to recognize the signs and symptoms and seek treatment when needed.
If you think you may have a concussion, follow these steps.
Make sure that you tell someone (your coach, parent, teach- er etc.) so that you are not left alone. Remove yourself from sport, class, and/or work until a Medical Physician can properly assess you. Complete rest is the best treatment during the initial hours of the injury.
Schedule an appointment to see a Medical Physician as soon as possible. It is not usually necessary to visit the emergency room unless your symptoms are severe and/or rapidly worsening. It is not usually necessary to have some- one wake you in the night – get a good night’s sleep, and nap when you need to. Limit use of your phone, television, and computer – try to rest both your body and your brain.
Undergo proper medical evaluation by a Physician. This does not typically include CT or MRI unless more severe in- jury is suspected or needs to be ruled out.
Visit one of our Shift Concussion Management professionals for further assessment. If you have previously undergone baseline testing, repeat testing will demonstrate any areas that may be impaired due to the injury and will help guide management recommendations. If you have not previously undergone baseline testing, a follow-up assessment with one of our Health Professionals is still highly recommended.
Follow any management recommendations given to you by your Physician and Shift Health Professional. These may in- clude manual therapy (eg. for associated neck pain), specific rest strategies and home recommendations, modified school and/or work requirements, specialized rehabilitative tech- niques (eg. vision therapy), and other recovery strategies.
Follow-up with the Health Professionals involved in your care so that your recovery is properly monitored. If you have questions – ask! Knowledge of your injury will aid in your re-covery.
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