What to do after a Concussion!?
- Immediately tell someone (your coach, parent, teacher, supervisor etc.)
- Do not be left alone
- Do not continue playing a sport or participating in a workout class
- Take time off school or work until a Medical Physician can properly assess you.
- Rest! 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 someone wake you in the night – get a good night’s sleep, and nap when you need to.
- Limit screen time! Try not to use your phone, computer or watch TV
- Rest! Both your body and your brain.
- Undergo proper medical evaluation by a Physician.Typically CT or MRI scans are not needed unless a more severe injury is suspected or needs to be ruled out.
- After a medical evaluation by a physician, further assessments can be carried out at KW Health Connection
- We are a Shift Concussion Management clinic
- 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 treatment recommendations.
- If you have not previously undergone baseline testing, a follow-up assessment is still highly recommended to develop individualized concussion management recommendations.
- These may include:manual therapy (eg. for associated neck pain)
- specific rest strategies and home recommendations
- modified school and/or work requirements,
- specialized rehabilitative techniques (eg. vision therapy)
- and other recovery strategies.
- Make sure to continue your care to completion with your Health Professionals so that your recovery is properly monitored.
- If you have questions – ask! Knowledge of your injury will aid in your recovery.
For more information about concussions and concussion management, visit www.shiftconcussion.ca
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