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How should you treat a concussion?

A concussion is a common brain injury that can result in a variety of physical and mental problems. If you have reason to believe you've injured your brain, such as in a motor vehicle accident, it's critical to receive immediate and ongoing treatment from a qualified medical team.

Upon presenting at the hospital with concussion-like symptoms, your doctor will run a variety of tests to better understand your injury. For example, a CT scan and MRI will give them a clear idea of what's going on.

Not only can testing help diagnose a concussion, but it can also rule out other more serious brain injuries, such as a skull fracture or bleeding.

Here are some of the many treatment strategies you'll discuss with your medical team:

  • Rest: This is the most appropriate way to give your brain the time it needs to recover. Your doctor will tell you how long you need to mentally and physically rest to make a full recovery.
  • Avoid strenuous activity: Any type of physical exertion, such as running or weight lifting, can worsen your symptoms. The same holds true for mentally strenuous activity, such as working on a computer or playing video games.
  • Shortened work or school days: Even after you've rested for the appropriate amount of time, shortened days may be necessary. Without this, you could push yourself past your limit, which increases the likelihood of recurring symptoms.
  • Slowly ease back into your normal routine: With the guidance of your doctor, you can slowly ease back into the day-to-day life you're familiar with. If you experience any symptoms along the way, consult with your doctor. They may suggest that you rest for a few more days.

A concussion can happen in almost any type of accident. For example, you could strike your head on the windshield in a motor vehicle accident. Just the same, you could hit your head on the ground if you slip and fall.

If your concussion is the result of another person's negligence, learn more about your legal rights in California and how to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Visit our website for more information on the many types of accidents and common injuries.

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