posted by Dr. Eric Pragle, DC, LMT
General considerations for A Concussion
There are many causes for a concussion; from car crashes, whiplash injuries, sports related concussions, slip and falls to a direct hit on the head. But here are some considerations following a concussions.
- Get plenty of rest at night and rest during the day. Go to bed early as possible.
- Avoid visual and sensory stimuli, including video games, computers, Television and loud music.
- Eat nutritious food high in antioxidants
- Ease into normal activities slowly, not all at once.
- Ask your doctor's opinion about when to return to work or school.
- Make sure to let employers or teachers know that you had a concussion.
- Avoid strenuous physical or mental tasks.
- Avoid activities that could lead to another concussion, such as sports, certain amusement park rides, or (for children) playground activities.
- Get your doctor's permission before driving, operating machinery, or riding a bike (since a concussion can slow one's reflexes).
- If necessary, ask your employer if it is possible to return to work gradually (for example, starting with half-days at first). Students may need to spend fewer hours at school, have frequent rest periods, or more time to complete assignments.
- Take only those drugs approved by your doctor.
- Do not drink alcohol without your doctor's okay. Alcohol and other drugs may slow recovery.
- For some people, an airplane flight shortly after a concussion can make symptoms worse.
- Avoid tiring activities such as heavy cleaning, exercising, moving furniture or working on the computer.
- See your doctor again for testing before you resume your routines, including driving, sports, and play.
At Pragle Chiropractic, we offer the AO Treatment, which a gentle vibration to re-align the atlas vertebrae which can help in the recovering following a concussion. Please visit www.praglechiro.com to learn more or to book an appointment.